I’ve based my artist multiple off of a concept I hope to bring to fruition in the future. I want to create a gallery space where people can walk through and feel as if they’re completely immersed in an ethereal dream. This would be done using lighting, video and more. It would be an experience that could only be fully understood by going to the gallery or museum.
In the video (see link), I’m shining a light through the piece and onto the ceiling to get the dream-like effect around my room. Theoretically, the visuals seen here are only a minor fraction compared to the experience of “The dream”.
I created the multiple for those who have gone through the dream and want to continue the experience in their own way, while also making the experience more accessible for those who are unable to go through the dream themselves. It would be made out of some of the materials used in the dream and would be sold at the gift shop or online.
The tapestry pictured is composed of the colour representation of names of persons in our class [Experimental Studio Winter 2020]. Many people tend to associate particular colours with letters of the alphabet and I used a colour/alphabet key based on these associations to create tapestry/mosaic squares from the first and last names of people in our class. In the centre of each square is our root/essence- our family/last names which are then framed by the colours of our first/given names. The names depicted in this sample belong to our instructor Diane Borsato, as well as , Victoria abballe, Isabella De Tullio and, Grace Bilger, respectively.
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This video follows my maternal genealogical line, one rarely followed because women traditionally take the name of their husband, making it more difficult to find information down this side of history. The video follows a timeline, from both sides of my family. It follows my mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers. I dressed up as these women, and provided any information I could find about their lives at the age of 20, the same age I am today.
I loved this project, it made me feel very connected to all these women who came before me and paved my path. I encourage everyone to ask their mothers and grandmothers about their maternal family tree, don’t forget the ‘her-story’!