On June 16th “Maps of Insufficient Clarity” opens at Finch Lane Gallery (54 Finch Lane, Salt Lake City, UT). This is a solo show for me, and it deals with the idea that we are shaped by our experiences in specific places. Stop by for the opening reception that night from 6-9 pm! (And if you can’t make it for the opening, you can still view the show during regular gallery hours through August 4th.)
Here’s my artist statement about this show:
“A couple of years ago I participated in a class with visiting artist J. Morgan Puett. Rather than using traditional pattern shapes for one of our clothing projects, Puett instead had us work with templates she had derived from specific physical sites. The resulting objects, unique and barely functional, differed substantially from normal articles of clothing. Intended to generate inventive thinking, this working process also came to signify to me how individuals are shaped by specific locations and their experiences there. Revisiting this idea, this current body of work explores the complexity and influence of location.
I created these pieces with a very literal strategy: 1. Cut out shapes referencing places from my life. 2. Stick them together. 3.Respond and try to make sense of it all.
A few different concepts emerged through this process, the first being that we really are an accumulation of our past. All of the experiences we have had in our homes, schools, and other places uniquely merge together to influence the way we currently view and engage in life. This merging in many of my pieces (and in real life) can be complicated and unpredictable. The second idea that came forward is that this accumulation is an on-going process in which we continue to participate. As I incorporated present-day locations into my art, lines and marks became my own personal routes of travel, connecting me again and again with specific geographic areas. Another concept I considered is more of a virtual or emotional one. I realized that we can physically be in a place while our thoughts and attention are elsewhere- in a simulated environment, shopping in a far-away warehouse, or thinking of an event or person miles away. Through these types of connections, we can be influenced by places that we have not been to or that do not even exist.”