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The Multivalence of Materiality // Thesis Exhibition


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Opening Reception: April 12, 2018 5-7 PM
John and June Allcott Gallery, UNC

April 9, 2018 @ 8:00 AM - April 13, 2018 @ 5:00 PM

Multivalence of Materiality is a documentation of artistic process. Through the action of separating the landscape from its landscape, collecting natural and manufactured materials— I create a dialogue between the objects, forming connections and relationships, that lie in each of their found arrangements. My adopted materials become momentary paintings, by eliminating the concern of having a deliberate beginning and ending of a work, but rather embracing their own happenstance and ongoing transformation.

This exhibition investigates my conversation between craft and aesthetic discourse. Concrete, foam, wood, charcoal and moss are examples of the materials that I encounter on a daily basis. Each one of these materials has a practical function. My intention, as the maker— as the artist, is to remove a materials functional identity, and allow the elements to communicate together, as I live with them over time. As long as this conversation continues, the potential exists for the work to change.

I am constantly seduced by memories and physical senses. As I collect, observe and assemble my choices and decisions are guided by my sensations. Working in such an intuitive manner, I am able to expand what I see as intrinsic connections between various materials, ultimately leading to new areas of investigation. As a traditionally trained painter, such an approach can be daunting, but at the same time, exciting and liberating.