Multimedia interactive installation, 2011 42' x 16' x 17'
Project Written Abstract The artist is a product of her time, and her belligerence is a defense and not a preference since the artist cannot exist outside her time, certain social pressure has affected her, certain critical opinion has directed her. I am a product of my environment, with the media constant and the postmodern presidency. The creation and history of the very materials I use lie within my lifetime; they are a metonym for the present.
Art is always made up of a set of paradoxes nurtured in the imaginary and working with, but also against, the normto undermine its authority in favor of a new configuration of symbolic meaning. It is this deconstruction and reconstruction of signified and signifier that is a fragment of my work. My I Am Art series literally makes the declaration that they are Art, using popular cultural icons and materials that signal the difference between Art and non- art identified objects such as house paint, vinyl letters, Art Now Vol. 1 and 2, Jessica Stockholder Book, Ellsworth Kelly catalog, Art and Objecthood by Michael Freid, 1000 fluorescent-colored bendy straws, electricity, extension cables, Air wick air fresheners, orange Plexiglas, television static, fluorescent bulbs, life-sized Hanna Montana Sticker, highlighters and glitter. One main component to my process are stickers which have a long historical correlation to femininity and decoration. By appropriating gendered materials such as the pink 2 by 4s, I create a dichotomy between the masculine material and the feminine façade. The fragments and collaged imagery are markers to signify the saturation of text. The artist becomes a manipulator of signs more than a producer of art objects, and the viewer an active reader of messages rather than a passive contemplator of the aesthetic or consumer of the spectacular.
I work within an interstice of intuition and designation. Calling upon techniques in art history I wish not only to illustrate the material but also contextualize it in terms of the present, creating identity in my work through the cross-germination of knowledge and theory with experience and intuition. For an idea to exist there must be a feeling, an intuition or obsessional image. A painting or work of art occurs in the meeting between this image and what one would call a materials language abstraction in itself is nothing. .............. Within this installation I hope to lay the foundation of my own personal archive. As in my previous work, the purposeful use of non-art materials I try to expand the field of art definitions, allegorical symbolism, and comment on contemporary culture; while still maintaining a strong sense of visual aestheticism. My work is trying to deconstruct the definition of the artist and their environment, like the expanded questioning of language and philosophy Derrida is a proponent for. I use deconstruction to demystify the ontology of Art.