Timeworn: A Dialectic of Decomposition and Identity
Seniors Anna Predovan, art theraphy major, and Catherine Santivanez, art studio major, present Timeworn: A Dialectic of Decomposition & Identity at the Mooney Center Gallery from March 22 to April 13. An opening reception was held March 23.
For this show, I was keenly interested in the concept of memories, and how we can take particular images or snapshots from our past and interpret them differently days, months, and even years later. Personally, memories often serve as a means by which to understand my own identity and myself. I often reflect upon past experiences, relationships, and events in my life and ponder how they have contributed to my overall being, which is continuously changing and evolving as I make new choices, have new experiences, and in turn, create lasting memories.
More specifically, my immediate family has always been a constant source of life, renewal, and personality — in times of both duress and elation, I turn to them for support, reassurance, and acceptance. I find my work for this show to be particularly interesting in two ways — my “supports” have been preserved themselves upon various supports (different materials, fabrics, and papers), and have thus been transformed and relayed to the audience to, in turn, perceive in different ways. Secondly, each snapshot, or memory, is also perceived in variance, extending my concept of reflecting upon the past and acknowledging aspects or occurences surrounding certain events that may have not been initially recognized at the time.
The images themselves are timeworn — taken from the past, the persons and places that exist in the portraits survive only within the image, as they have been morphed over time into their current states.
My work is a dialectic between decomposition and time in nature. As time continues, color and textural changes become more visible. In order to fully appreciate and observe these changes, time must be set aside as decomposition takes place.
At first glance, only a few colors are visible, but after a few moments, you start to notice the hidden colors that come together to form the shapes within the object. The physical changes that occur as a result of decomposition create new positive and negative shapes that can only be seen through careful observation. There is no symbolism in my pieces; they are what they appear to be. However, their importance lies within the lines, the colors, and the textural changes that occur with time. The shadows are combinations of blues, greens, and reds.
Timeworn is a summary of the objects themselves; they are objects considered to be damaged as time passes. As the world becomes increasingly industrialized, nature is seemingly lost beneath the cement and skyscrapers. Timeworn calls for the admiration and appreciation of natural decomposition.