Title of Abstract

Cipher

Submitting Student(s)

Grayce Kellam

Session Title

Additional Projects

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Shaun Cassidy, M.V.A. & Claudia O'Steen, M.F.A.

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Fine Arts

Abstract

The act of physically creating art is an opportunity for me to escape briefly from the crushing weight of otherness in an oppressive society. The process of creating is a way to better understand myself and explore my experiences. For me, art is a vicious cycle. While I find comfort in making, once the work is finished, the cycle starts over again, and I have to create a new piece in order to find relief. Cartography is a key element of this series. Through map-making, I provide an inherently conceptual space where every material is deliberately chosen, has a specific meaning, and is arranged according to its purpose. These decisions manifest in my work in many ways, such as using rice as a symbol for abuse in Cipher. Coding my experiences and personal traumas is a way for me to organize and understand my thoughts while also granting me protection. My art is intricately connected to my experiences as a human, and I have to process it as an artist through performance in order to create something authentic. I work with physical representations of my trauma and then use my body as a tool to explore each space. During this process, I am able to create distance and space to view my experiences through a new lens. My performances respond to physical objects or sculptures, and the physical objects act as residual elements of my performance.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Apr 15th, 12:00 PM

Cipher

The act of physically creating art is an opportunity for me to escape briefly from the crushing weight of otherness in an oppressive society. The process of creating is a way to better understand myself and explore my experiences. For me, art is a vicious cycle. While I find comfort in making, once the work is finished, the cycle starts over again, and I have to create a new piece in order to find relief. Cartography is a key element of this series. Through map-making, I provide an inherently conceptual space where every material is deliberately chosen, has a specific meaning, and is arranged according to its purpose. These decisions manifest in my work in many ways, such as using rice as a symbol for abuse in Cipher. Coding my experiences and personal traumas is a way for me to organize and understand my thoughts while also granting me protection. My art is intricately connected to my experiences as a human, and I have to process it as an artist through performance in order to create something authentic. I work with physical representations of my trauma and then use my body as a tool to explore each space. During this process, I am able to create distance and space to view my experiences through a new lens. My performances respond to physical objects or sculptures, and the physical objects act as residual elements of my performance.