Saturday, December 02, 2006

Artist's Statement

"We are the hollow men.
We are the stuffed."
-T.S. Elliot

The installation, Living Room, is an exploration of life, identity, integrity and influence. It is an exploration of space, one external, the other internal.

Each of the two rooms represents a series of choices that many of us make regularly. Using the metaphor of the family gathering space, one room refers to the external and synthetic and the other to the internal and natural. While entertaining and accessible, Living Room One is a prison, a colorful illusion and a farce that substitutes novelty for integrity.

Living Room Two is animate and alive. Complex and rich, Living Room Two offers no easy answers, but rather points to the natural unfolding of the cycles of life for learning and integrity. This is in an important distinction from the first living room where many of the insecurities concerning one's identity may be mollified by shopping. In short, the exhibit, Living Room, is a study of identity; the distinction is consumerism.

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