Ruby Green Contemporary Arts Center
My current works are paintings escaped from their canvases – enveloping, infecting and moving through the spaces that once contained them, morphing from two dimensional into three dimensional installation space. I am interested in working within the discipline of installation, but want to merge it with the aesthetic sensibility formally attributed to the tradition of painting. While exploring the creation of environments I am also investigating the painterly elements of form, line, color and composition.
I use installation to forcibly transport the viewer to a different reality – my created reality – by physically surrounding him/her with an aggressively transformed, once-familiar space. My installations tug at vague childhood references (toys, candy, imagination, clubhouse, play) without being pinned to any specific memory or place. The space to which the viewer is transported is familiar but disarmingly wrong – sickeningly sweet and sensory overloading. Pink is both soothing and suffocating. Plastic is attractive but slick, difficult to digest and ultimately unsatisfying. Organic elements suggest recognizable growth, but upon examination reveal their gross artificiality.
The pink, pierced, all-over fabric almost enclosing the environment and the plastic (often ruptured) cell like casings within illustrate a tension-creating imperfect solution. The element of repetitious, patterned music creates a claustrophobic feeling of being trapped within a false self, a false cell, a former womb.
Viewers are alternatively delighted and uneasy. The oscillation between comfort and discomfort, ease and unease is a content I am exploring. I am interested in the way in which our hyper-biopharmaceutical society deals with disease, especially mental illnesses. I am interested in the societal creation of sickness and our cowboy medicine solutions which seem often to deal with symptoms only; ignoring root causes, thereby setting up a permanent tension between unsolved ill and cosmetic solution.