My current work PINKSpace functions as a metaphor for my” pinkish” physical body and the space I occupy. It is the color attributed to my “female” gender and can evoke heightened sexuality, innocence or saccharine sweetness. I also use it as a metaphor for the human race. Pink is the color of the internal body - muscle and organs unconcerned with external racial characteristics. Pink embodies human connection.
Though often unconscious, these associations, as well as many others to this single color, are part of my culture and represent coalitions of personal, yet complex, physical, perceptual and psychological experiences. The gathering of materials is a primary means for investigating these connections in my work. The materials I use at one point might have been utilitarian, were never considered beautiful and are now considered trash. The trash I collect is the skeleton of the work and the catalyst for inquiry into connecting the personal metaphor to larger concepts of social consciousness. At the moment, the act of turning detritus into “works of art”, or elevating the prestige of garbage calls into question the status quo of beauty, worthiness and usability.
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