capstone, 2017

"There's the motion of entering language and exiting language, entering meaning and exiting meaning, and having words stand for things but also having them be empty of specific meanings."

Done as the thesis for my Bachelor of Fine Arts. This project focused on the structure of language and its control over the mind. I worked in a journal each day as a way to deal with certain internal questions I had that I could not express through drawing or photography. The word "and" had an unconscious control over me. "And what?" was something I had heard when creating work, but also through listening to others around me. Mel Bochner mentioned that we often ascribe certain characters and feelings to words that wouldn’t hold any emotion otherwise. This word “and” can be used so many different ways, but always alludes to continuation. By reworking the text in different contexts and sentence structures, it allowed me to disassociate myself from their weight and transform them into something nonsensical and open to interpretation.

Installation process film below.

Dear Mel, 2017
8.9cm x 13.9cm
ink on glass

And, 2017
8.9cm x 13.9cm
ink on glass

 

Installation process in the Pollock Gallery at Southern Methodist University