MFA THESIS SUBLIMATION & THE LOTTERY
My work addresses topics in human psychology, specifically how we interpret body gesture, and consequently, the motivations behind behavior through figurative sculpture and digital media. Sublimation and The Lottery unifies light and matter to illustrate our basic needs and desires.
These basics of human sustenance construct themselves into a hierarchy of physiological necessities and societal interactions in order to attain equilibrium. Looking to theories behind Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, these pieces reflect on different parts of the same idea, desire: physicality of desire, the internalized desires to see change in our communities and social interactions, and the way in which we visually share these desires through our gestures with the surrounding environment. The clay figures are representative of five of the many desires that relate directly to the human body: collection, consumption, control, coitus, and comfort. While the hanging video embodies the desire for human connection with each other and the community.
My work discusses both our simple and not so simple desires: the strong yearnings that motivate our behavior and exert pressure to perform certain actions. We often examine mannerisms without looking deeper into the longing or deficit behind it. This work is an acknowledgement of the complexity of unspoken needs and motivations.