Title of Abstract

The Cleansing

Session Title

Creative Expressions-Session3

Faculty Mentor

Claudia O'Steen, M.F.A.; osteenc@winthrop.edu

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Fine Arts

Faculty Mentor

Claudia O'Steen, M.F.A.

Abstract

The Cleansing is a collection of mixed media works that transcend through time and reality by connecting alchemy to the 50s as well as the more current. It consists of a range of digital works as well as physical pieces. Within this media are references to the past in conversation with the cyclical human experience and the subjective and universal perception within the abstract mind. To express such ideas, I typically use a collection of found objects, and in this instance, that process is repeated but with video and sound instead of physical pieces. For this exhibition, scraps of old recordings are compiled together to create a new message to the viewer. Where the audience was once meant to be blinded by the bright smiles and bubbly letters of the 1950s, they are now exposed to an awakening of reality, purification of obscurities, actualization. Other elements are hand fabricated, referencing alchemical means of purification. Emulations of laboratory equipment, symbols of balance, and found text are all included to further push this idea that the human experience has been a cyclical marvel throughout the wave of time. It is important to acknowledge the lack of control one has in their experience, to grant themselves peace, understanding, and strength in times of uncertainty. It is inescapable and everyone is involuntarily participating in their own altered point of view. The more one can recognize this concept, the more at ease they can become as the pattern unfolds before them.

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Performance Description

Artist Talk (7 min.)

Start Date

16-4-2021 2:30 PM

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The Cleansing

The Cleansing is a collection of mixed media works that transcend through time and reality by connecting alchemy to the 50s as well as the more current. It consists of a range of digital works as well as physical pieces. Within this media are references to the past in conversation with the cyclical human experience and the subjective and universal perception within the abstract mind. To express such ideas, I typically use a collection of found objects, and in this instance, that process is repeated but with video and sound instead of physical pieces. For this exhibition, scraps of old recordings are compiled together to create a new message to the viewer. Where the audience was once meant to be blinded by the bright smiles and bubbly letters of the 1950s, they are now exposed to an awakening of reality, purification of obscurities, actualization. Other elements are hand fabricated, referencing alchemical means of purification. Emulations of laboratory equipment, symbols of balance, and found text are all included to further push this idea that the human experience has been a cyclical marvel throughout the wave of time. It is important to acknowledge the lack of control one has in their experience, to grant themselves peace, understanding, and strength in times of uncertainty. It is inescapable and everyone is involuntarily participating in their own altered point of view. The more one can recognize this concept, the more at ease they can become as the pattern unfolds before them.