Title of Abstract

Into the Dark

Submitting Student(s)

My'Asia McCollum

Session Title

Arts Expo

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

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

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Fine Arts

Abstract

Into the Dark is a combination of works that are focused on traumas that have haunted me. I create art as a healing mechanism for the things I have tried to forget. These works are a way of confronting these issues in a comfortable, familiar, and healthy way. These ideas are communicated through interdisciplinary installation and painting. I dive into my own consciousness by exploring how certain traumatic events have affected and shaped my identity. In one of my paintings, I use materials like string to symbolize a web of unacknowledged events and the ways in which they slowly dismantle my mental state and resurface in my mind. In another painting, I use forward imagery to display how faith has helped keep me whole. The different elements I present in the exhibition all relate to one another by representing my mental state that is triggered by memory. One specific memory involves hearing a Silverado truck engine. In this work, I highlight the anxiety and fear I felt in that moment. Into the Dark highlights personal thoughts and moments from which I have taken time to analyze and heal. I would like viewers to see these works and connect with them in a way that will promote accountability, confrontation, and healing within themselves.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Apr 15th, 12:00 PM

Into the Dark

Into the Dark is a combination of works that are focused on traumas that have haunted me. I create art as a healing mechanism for the things I have tried to forget. These works are a way of confronting these issues in a comfortable, familiar, and healthy way. These ideas are communicated through interdisciplinary installation and painting. I dive into my own consciousness by exploring how certain traumatic events have affected and shaped my identity. In one of my paintings, I use materials like string to symbolize a web of unacknowledged events and the ways in which they slowly dismantle my mental state and resurface in my mind. In another painting, I use forward imagery to display how faith has helped keep me whole. The different elements I present in the exhibition all relate to one another by representing my mental state that is triggered by memory. One specific memory involves hearing a Silverado truck engine. In this work, I highlight the anxiety and fear I felt in that moment. Into the Dark highlights personal thoughts and moments from which I have taken time to analyze and heal. I would like viewers to see these works and connect with them in a way that will promote accountability, confrontation, and healing within themselves.