Date of Submission

Spring 2013

Academic Program

Studio Arts

Project Advisor 1

Kristin Lucas

Abstract/Artist's Statement

You Can’t Always Get What You Want is a process-based collaboration between my mother and I. Working to resolve a five year long rejection—and denial—of my homosexuality, I recruited my mother to participate as an active collaborator in an attempt to reach acceptance.

Mediated by Skype, our collaboration was determined by both a kind of literal, and abstract, ability to “connect.” Separated by geographic location and love, we began our collaboration in an attempt to find equality.

The works in this show focus on the inability of communication which is used to visualize reality, the attempt of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content and the dysfunctions of language. The lack of clear references are key elements in the work. By studying sign processes, signification and communication, I have made work that generates diverse meanings. Work where associations and meanings collide. Space becomes time and language becomes image.

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