IT'S NEVER FINISHED
Work from my undergraduate thesis, which was shown alongside work from my "loosely constructed" series for my senior show solo exhibition at Xavier University in February 2018.
"IT'S NEVER FINISHED is a collection of interrelated pieces exploring the idea that we, as individuals, are unfinished and in the process of becoming humans. To be unfinished is both lacking something not present in a finished state or having something which has yet to be removed or developed. Each piece starts with this idea, and then incorporates an external, personal inspiration. IT'S NEVER FINISHED asserts "becoming" is a fundamental expression of life, and change is inevitable.
IT'S NEVER FINISHED further explores the balance between the interconnectedness and isolation of the self. The metaphor of one's shadow, being both connected to the self but also empty and isolated, engages with the push and pull of internal identity vs. external influence, nature vs. nurture, and light vs. dark, eventually arriving at a synthesis of being and becoming."
Paintings created for my thesis exhibition. They are executed in oil paint and colored pencil, with silver gelatin photograms sewn to the surface.
A series of self portraits engaging with characteristics of analog film as an analogy for identity.
A "Monument" designates an event or a change, recounting some past event for education or reverence. I am inspired by classical sculptures which have been "broken" over time. Marble and stone sculptures present not only the craft and intention of the artist, but also the gradual process of time and change which has weathered them to their current state. In this way our understanding of these works is as incomplete as the sculptor's. Time becomes inseparable from the nature of the sculpted material. These pieces are 4x5.5' cyanotypes, black acrylic paint, cutout silver gelatin photograms, and digital prints mounted on foamcore.
Installation @ Xavier University Art Galleries
IT'S NEVER FINISHED was first on display at Xavier University Art Galleries. It was displayed alongside the series Loosely Constructed and an installation of my street photography. Photos below are documentation of the original showing.