Date of Submission

Spring 2021

Academic Program

Studio Arts

Project Advisor 1

Dave McKenzie

Abstract/Artist's Statement

I feel unsatisfied with the physical complacency of the still image and so I seek a new relationship to rendering. Rabbits lead the way. Moving images create opportunities for thinking about the ideal environmental conditions for deepening dialogue around societal biases. In this installation, I repurpose the childhood practice of make believe to create spaces for negotiating the visibility of gendered violence. Reinterpreting the painting Ophelia by John Everett Millais, Spills uses animation, transparency, and refraction to confront chronic power dynamics that are sustained by misogyny1. I imagine relations produced by violence through the filtering of image through screen. The resulting layers navigate the blurry area that exists between implicit and explicit communication of power. Repeatedly experiencing structural violence often leads to the fragmentation and suspension of memories in time. This temporal effect is also reflected in stigmas which obscure the collective memory of violence. In Spills, I play with the possibility of productive distortion. This site of leakage can be a place for alchemical transformations—absorbing, distilling, squeezing out, and pressing in. These mutations skew and off-center traditional projection narratives. What in the installation desires to be attended to? When a narrative is disfigured, can increasing the distortion provide more clarity? How do cultural norms of implicit and explicit communication play a role in healing? What is obscured in the domestic space?

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