September 28, 2010

DISQUIETUDE (title of thesis exhibition)

Disquietude explores the wide range of psychological, social and global ramifications of living in the age of terrorism.  The unifying thread that ties the work together is an ambiguity in each piece, which provides a safe haven for each viewer to consider and reflect upon the many emotions and repercussions of terrorism, before, during and after it has happened.  The imagery represents the duality we must face in today's climate; life vs. death, security vs. vulnerability, anxiety vs. peace, hope vs. despair.  Combining photography, printmaking, encaustic and installation, my aim is to allow a multi-faceted approach to the many ways we interpret the status of our well-being at any given time, amidst a constant barrage of media referencing the last, current or impending attack from terrorists, at home or abroad.
     The past two and one half years have allowed me to home in on perhaps one of the most important challenges of my own life, dealing with death, trauma, and pain, and discovering the beauty that lies beyond.  Terrorism has become a metaphor for me personally, as it represents horrors in unspeakable forms, which leave behind a plethora of darkness, psychological fallout and death on many levels, in this case individually and worldwide.  What ultimately gives us hope and the will to persevere is the human spirit and the contemplation of what may lie beyond.

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