ABSAEKDOM is the title and theme of my thesis exhibition.
ABSAEKDOM is an imagined place and will encompass a performative installation consisting of photography, painting, sound, video, writing, and sculpture which will completely embody the space it inhabits within the MFA Show criteria. The exhibit will be an interactive study on spatial awareness, both from a tangible and imaginative point-of-view. The acousmatic sound (the sound which is heard but not seen), the immaterial form, the impalpable thought, and the raw adaptation of the living experience (improvisation) are all distinctive facets in the presentation of ABSAEKDOM.
In my practice I search for a way to discover my own vulnerability. The opportunity to study at SAIC has been an incredibly humbling experience. It has given me the chance to discover and be among a wide range of talents across many mediums and ways of thinking. I will graduate from this program with a more open mind and heart and the endurance to keep challenging myself. This project is ultimately about reconciling my past, researching, and reliving the experiences of being a submariner, while fabricating my own imaginary world into something half-tangible. I have absorbed new ways of expressing my vision. Learning about construction and material use is the constant thread in the fabric of my art making. My practice has expanded across mediums and in return I’ve embraced a sense of humility and new growth with each new component. I’ve learned new skills and trades from others, I’ve learned alternative ways of communicating. I’ve learned how to connect and how to let go.
I’ve learned how to live richly on a small budget. ABSAEKDOM is simply the culmination of experience, thought, and expression through photography, film, materials, performance, and sound.