I am so very excited (okay super giddy and sleepless) to announce the opening of my MFA Thesis Exhibition, Testament. The work has lived in my heart and imagination for so long, it is thrilling for me to see it finally touchable, tangible, living and breathing. It is a monumental moment for me to share this work, this heartfelt collection of feelings, convictions, and confessions with the world. As always, I sincerely hope the work will resonate with others, and sensitively express thoughts ideas gathered from my own life experiences.
In this work, I am investigating heavy burdens, hardships, and wounds, and how we carry them throughout our lives. I am interested in the spiritual and physical labor of bearing weight, submission, futileness, and persistence.
To create the work, I rented an empty house for a year, and transformed it into a makeshift sanctuary, a freighted space for constructing the photographs. I fabricated sculptural objects for each image, using materials such as wool, linen, clay, human hair, and beeswax. The materials borrow symbolic language from the Bible, and create alter-like, fleshy masses. The house reminds me very much of my childhood home, and provides a weighted, sentimental foundation for the images. Every object used in the meticulous staging of each scene references my childhood, and a time of spiritual emergence in my life. I imagine the house as a gateway, the space just before crossing over. The people in the photographs are in the final phase of bearing weight, moments away from finally laying it down. I am seeking the moment of relief, and relishing in the moments just before it occurs.
The final exhibition will take place in the rented house in Albuquerque, NM, and includes twelve photographs, installation work, textile works, and sculpture.
The show is open for only one evening, so mark your calendar, and join us for this special time! (Insert Happy Dance)