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Breaking It All Open

Here are a few more thesis work images, I am loving the documentation of these little critters.

Inside the Wallpaper

Here is a small show that was up in Chatham New York at Stone House Properties. The wonderful Melissa Sarris has been working hard at bring art into the larger conversation of a smaller community. I was very excited to be a part of this conversation and discover new ways of working and showing. Inside  the  Wallpaper  is an installation exploring fantasy within domesticity. These objects are combinations of dollhouse furniture, ceramic clay, and paint reflect upon the dreams of a young girl. Each animal is altered in an aggressive and dramatic way- leaving them vulnerable and incapacitated. The dollhouse furniture repairs and simultaneously burdens each creature- pulling apart the narratives of childhood and the reality of adulthood.

Then, There is a Thesis...

Fairy tales, biblical stories, and folk narratives inform both my female identity and the conceptual underpinning of my sculpture. I insert personal biases, memories, hopes, and fears into my work in order to satirize and expose cultural assumptions about gender, sexuality, and power. To this end, I make my sculptural work from quotidian objects that reference the visual language of my late-twentieth century Midwestern childhood. Dollhouse furniture. A bedpost. China cabinet. I manipulate these found objects in order to question their original purpose and the narratives they remind me of and to confront my own ambivalence toward power and commodified desire. The implicit suggestion of a happy ending in everyday American experience is suggested in retirement ads, children’s toys and clothing, television shows and movies. Disney regularly comes out with new princesses and remakes the old, drawing in old and new audiences alike and recreates believable versions of “Once Upon A Time” that