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Artist Statement

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Artist Statement

For an entire generation, the United States has been in combat operations in the Middle East.  War Canvases grew out of my realization that younger classmates had lived their entire lives with the US at war with Iraq. There’s a ubiquitous war culture that is accepted as normal mirrored in fashion, art, advertising, and communication. It has become a landscape of American culture and history. War Canvases isolates and brings the normalcy of the war to another cultural level where it can become “dis-illusioned.”

The Wall and Steel I-Beam are critiques of the academic institution. The Wall plays with material specificity, re-contextualizing the material of the wall as painting and re-contextualizing the painting itself as material of the wall. Begun as a commentary on the walls where art is shown, it asks what makes art space valuable and wanted. Acting as a perfect trompe l’oeil, the painting is only activated by the wall on which it hangs. The painting acts as a camouflage playing against the wall, just as Steel I-Beam plays against the supporting structure of Richards Hall. Steel I-Beam supports nothing but it’s own weight and playfully acts as a metaphor of the institution.

The answer to disillusionment is compassion. My videos are an antithesis to this disillusion highlighted in my installation of War Canvases. I look at the weak, the ignorant, and the old to understand my relationship with family and society.  First Amendment Art Project ironically explores what people value at the institution of the university and what we will give up to feel secure in our convictions. In Red Coat my mother “performs” her vulnerability as the isolation of old age contrasted with the joy of living. Understanding Mother questions memories and the importance of memories as essentials of life. It is compassion for others that connect us to our humanity. I call on the viewer’s humanity as an answer to the inhumanity that permeates our culture.

Works on the Walls (Clockwise from Right)

American Landscape, Stretched Desert Battle Dress Uniform (DBDU), 2010

American History, Stretched Army Duck Canvas, 2010

American Portrait, Stretched Digital Army Combat Uniform (ACU), 2010

The Wall, Panel rolled color of wall on which it hangs, 2011

Sculpture

Steel I-Beam, Wood, 2010

Video

First Amendment Art Project, Digital Video, 2010

Red Coat, Digital Video, 2010

Understanding Mother, Digital Video, 2011

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March 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment