The title of my show is L'appel Du Vide, which literally translates to "the call of the void." It's the feeling you get when you walk across a bridge and feel an irrational impulse to deliberately fling yourself over the edge. Time slows to a stasis as you collapse into that feeling. You are engulfed by the burden of making moral choices as a consequence of free will. As an isolated being born into the universe, you are barred from knowing "why", yet compelled to invent meaning. But what happens when you look deep inside and find the possibility of nothingness? This series will reflect on those frozen moments when one must face the absurdity that both metaphysics and religion are coping mechanisms resulting from a fear of finding that void.
Three key elements will run through each of these works: Metaphysics, Self, and Religion.
Metaphysics- Metaphysics relates to things that are thought to exist but that cannot be seen. The unconscious of science. Things that appear to be permanent are in fact always gradually changing. Therefore, though we believe we are surrounded by a world of things that remain identical through time, this world is really in flux, with no underlying structure or identity. I will use the dynamics of nature to project emotional states and to show the ever changing reality of being human.
Self- Human beings, through their own consciousness, create their own values and determine a meaning to their life. I will use cross sections of human anatomy to literally look into the core of what it means to be human. The physicality of anatomy will be the anchor in which connects the individual with the larger picture, thus pulling us away from the void.
Religion- Religion distracts us from peering into the void by directing the conscious to fixed values or ideals. I grew up believing in God not because of the scripture, but because I was in awe of the beauty of old Renaissance art. The grandeur of the frames, in particular, made me feel like what was inside demanded to be worshiped. I want to bring in the elements of sacred architecture by custom making frames that feel like they could hang in a church. The contrast of scientific subject matter and religious style frames will reinforce the idea that it is up to the individual to determine what is sacred.
These key elements are tools for exploring and explaining the world around us, not simply to understand it in the abstract, but to engage it concretely. There is an underlying theme of the possibility of finding nothingness, but it is up to the viewer to project their own meaning onto the juxtaposition of these natural elements. It is this "engaged freedom" that is the foundation of these works.
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