Clemson University MFA (2014, Art, ceramics emphasis)
UWF, building 82, room 206, 5pm Thursday January 15, 2015.
Pain and suffering are a reoccurring part of the human condition. Life’s adversities and challenges are both a physical and psychological process of infliction and renewal that is temporary, and with time comes healing. In a liminal space between initial pain and restoration, the body, mind, and spirit experience multiple stages of healing.
As human beings, we are constantly changing and evolving within the self and often such changes stem from these difficult transitions. It is through memory that we create self-continuity and how we construct our personal identities. Once finding renewal and stability in this psychological space, this experience does not cease to exist, but remains as a reminder of who we once were and our capabilities to endure.
In my work I am examining the transitions that occur within the space of healing and how damage and repair generates contemplation and personal growth. My installation references both the visceral and psychological stages within healing through the use of material, form, color and process. The abstracted forms made of fibers, clay slip and wax further reference bone, skin and tissues both fragmented and repaired. The spatial environment evokes the literal and metaphorical notion of restoration through a visual, olfactory and physical experience. By looking up, navigating the space, and engaging in its details, the conditions embody personal reflection of life passages and the hope for transcendence. Through this installation I have set in motion the possibility of catharsis for those who engage my work fully.
The Art Gallery (TAG) at the University of West Florida seeks to challenge, stimulate, and engage students and the greater public through direct interaction with works of contemporary art. The Art Gallery’s annual series of revolving exhibitions highlights innovative regional, national, and international artists and artwork. These exhibitions seek to promote contemporary critical thinking and cultural inspiration for the benefit of UWF students and the greater Gulf Coast community.
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