My practice reflects the process of rendering history into mythology by tracking strategies of manipulation manifested through authoritative power mechanisms. Incorporating time based media, printmaking and sculpture, along with an ongoing exploration of materializing text into form, I am interested in the implemented legacy of remembrance, commemoration and nationhood in relation to historical narratives. My work provokes scenarios that suggest debatable interactions, as a way to de-construct the politics of collective memories. The gray areas of geographic dislocation from a cultural narrative of conflict, informs my studio practice.
Logics of Non-Exchange
MFA Thesis, Parsons Fine Arts
Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches. Beneath Them Was Forever presents artists at a moment of transformation at a radical scale. The artists on view are launching from their recent pasts as students and are now looking directly outward into their future working lives. It is a moment of trust—trust in progress, in the continuing evolution and power of their art and vision. In ways, both deliberate and unconscious, their work distills many common threads: the risk of exploration and experimentation; the hybridity of practice that dissolves standard boundaries of genre and the inquiry into the desire to empathize, with each other and in broader, more global terms. For the artists in this exhibition, having survived transformative cycles of their practice, this moment, as contrived as it may seem, is an opportunity to argue for the power of art-making to manifest the past and to construct the future.
Susan Szenasy Reflects on MFA Thesis Final Reviews in Metropolis
The artists in this show use the hybrid form to subvert concepts of singularity. Each artist takes a unique approach to representing the mixed parts that portray human reality more accurately. In so doing, their work helps the viewer understand how the exchange of materials and ideas become a currency by which new associations of subjective experience are formed. A myriad of themes are at play: the politics of nationality, race, labor, gender, and sexuality, that directly inform the way the human body appears in the world—as well as the relations of power that are inflicted upon it.
Click here to view Second Nature Catalog. Second Nature offers new artistic interventions and observations of a fragile world: a world in which technics and ideology have merged to produce a complex image-landscape in which traditional notions of truth and reality can no longer be taken for granted, and even nature itself has been fundamentally altered by human intervention. In this uncertain and challenging moment, in , this diverse group of artists, informed by their shared experiences and working proximity over the last two years, are developing methods to critique, analyze, and recover vulnerable images, materials, and relations.