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The installations that this work sits within generate a space where one can witness and reflect upon the uncanny particulars that subvert one’s daily physical experience. This subversion is linked to the feeling of the sublime—an aesthetic or spiritual realization of something greater and beyond oneself. However, my installations do not point upwards towards the heavens. Rather, they point within, directing attention to inhabited systems. Through the use of sculpture, new media, and poetry, my works bring attention to what lies beyond one’s typically perceived domain - whether that be heavenly bodies or earthly shadows. I desire the viewer to pay attention to an object or image’s history in order to acknowledge a connection between it, themselves, and their relationship to a greater system or entity. This pan-conscious relationship (shared between human and object) opens the door to a feeling much stranger—in irreducible entity outside of oneself, an abstract and unbearable multiplicity of overlapping experience.History becomes recorded, traced, and consumed—infinitely. I play with a singular object’s identity repeatedly over the course of many pieces to funnel a notion of the perdurant. This perdurancy points towards how forms endure within our minds, multi-dimensionally, and through time (if those are to be separated). I suspend the idea of the object into a moment of infinite regress, where one can re-encounter said object in states of synthesis as it forms tunnels into itself over time. This reveals their nature to be temporally fragmented by (systems) weathering, illuminating, continued past being as it, object of singular identity to object of Yo u, revealing being as relational. Our curiosity confronts, enabling holistic existential systems between I and You. Henceforth, objects radiate a spatial emanation beyond what they inhabit. As we find ourselves caught within this, our perception develops something liminal, something in-between our conscious comprehensions.
Slack, B. (2022). Translative of. University of Wisconsin-Stout Journal of Student Research, 20, 73-77.