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My Soul to Keep
Master of Fine Arts
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This exhibition is a wall-to-wall installation of images, made, created and found while exploring my desires that revolve around interracial relationships and deconstructing the stigma attached to those desires, such as oppression, biases, and prejudices. I explore these concerns through collaging bits and pieces from our stereotyped society and fuse them with images from my imagination. My collages are not jigsaw puzzles, but more so like Rubix cubes. All jumbled up, each tell their own story and may be similar to the next, but until arranged accordingly, they won't ever truly complete a narrative, and I don't plan to arrange them. The work is not meant to chaperone an experience nor is it necessarily forcing a call to action. More so just allowing space for the audience to contemplate how images have no meaning until we give them context. This critical thinking is crucial to my art practice. For I want my work to provoke a strong sense of self-questioning to spark a conversation that I feel is lacking in the United States—How exactly have you used your privilege to help someone other than yourself?
The exhibition is viewed in reverse of my life. The entrance represents today's mass consumption of imagery and slowly dissolves as you make your way to the back; where a replica of my childhood bedroom awaits. Complete with cum-filled tissues, dirty laundry and video games, the audience is invited to participate with this room as they wish.
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