Thesis

Room for recovery

My creative instinct lies in capturing moments of mortality. I transform these moments into visceral embodiments that reveal some sort of physical and spiritual distress, mingling science with sentiment. The instances of metamorphosis I create tread a fine line between beautiful and grotesque, asking when and where one becomes the other. I very often use material as metaphor, expressing the fragility of life through ephemeral components, and human experiences through mundane objects. My process becomes a performance of nurturing as I create and then simultaneously heal and embellish the object's abnormalities. The performance also expresses the human urge to slow, change, and measure these inevitable transactions. In room for recovery, I have created Scotch� tape sculptures that are at once familiar and strange. Mimicking aberrant growth, the bulbous forms are reminiscent of tumors, magnified cells, and detached organs. Their states of health are ambiguous - both ailing and healing, perhaps malignant, but at the same time robust. The wall installations evoke doubt as to whether the growths are parasitic or benign. I use the tape as a skin - transforming the artificial, throwaway product, into something seemingly natural. This serves as a commentary on our increasingly modified condition, which pits nature against culture and blurs the line between organic and manufactured. The use of the semi-domestic setting reinforces a human connection to these mysterious organisms, resulting in unsettling, multi-faceted implications to ideas about existence within our natural and artificial environments.

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