Title

Atonement: The Manifestation

Format

Senior Art and Design Exhibition

Abstract/Artist Statement

My Senior Exhibition is titled Atonement: Manifestation. The over-aching theme of my senior project is an extension of earlier artworks exploring the personal consequences of drug addiction. I have selected the transitive verb manifestation to guide my art making process. The Manifestation series expands my explorations to include atonement, following earlier work about guilt and reconciliation. Drug addiction transcends race, religion, age and social-economic status. In this respect my artwork draws upon medical research and cultural iconography to represent the phenomenon and pathways to drug addiction in our society. In my sculptural installation titled, State of Imprisonment, my inquiry into drug addiction is designed to provide an intimate view inside the personal misery of drug addiction. I draw from the paraphernalia of the drug-world, the crack pipe. Here, I have rescaled the pipe to 10’ X 10’ to resemble a prison environment and an produce an analogy for the scale of drug addiction in our country. I have surrounded the large crack pipe with figurative sculptures of a malnourished pregnant woman with her uncared for babies crawling over and around her; an adult male beaten down by abuse; and a teenage boy on his hands and knees with his hands clenched, who may or may not escape the cycle of addiction.My artwork is inspired by and builds upon the work of contemporary artists such as Kara Walker, Betye Saar, Rene Cox and Jeff Koons. These artists have reached into their lives and research to create what some may call horrific and controversial..

Location

Reynolds Gallery

Start Date

30-4-2010 6:00 PM

End Date

30-4-2010 9:00 PM

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Apr 30th, 6:00 PM Apr 30th, 9:00 PM

Atonement: The Manifestation

Reynolds Gallery

My Senior Exhibition is titled Atonement: Manifestation. The over-aching theme of my senior project is an extension of earlier artworks exploring the personal consequences of drug addiction. I have selected the transitive verb manifestation to guide my art making process. The Manifestation series expands my explorations to include atonement, following earlier work about guilt and reconciliation. Drug addiction transcends race, religion, age and social-economic status. In this respect my artwork draws upon medical research and cultural iconography to represent the phenomenon and pathways to drug addiction in our society. In my sculptural installation titled, State of Imprisonment, my inquiry into drug addiction is designed to provide an intimate view inside the personal misery of drug addiction. I draw from the paraphernalia of the drug-world, the crack pipe. Here, I have rescaled the pipe to 10’ X 10’ to resemble a prison environment and an produce an analogy for the scale of drug addiction in our country. I have surrounded the large crack pipe with figurative sculptures of a malnourished pregnant woman with her uncared for babies crawling over and around her; an adult male beaten down by abuse; and a teenage boy on his hands and knees with his hands clenched, who may or may not escape the cycle of addiction.My artwork is inspired by and builds upon the work of contemporary artists such as Kara Walker, Betye Saar, Rene Cox and Jeff Koons. These artists have reached into their lives and research to create what some may call horrific and controversial..