My work in D’CLINIC reflects on prefabricated “master narratives” which societies enact either out of convenes, prejudice, or ignorance. Men are smarter than Women. Cities are better than towns. White is better than Black. Heterosexuals are more respectable than Homosexuals. Fine art is superior to craft. Why would you live in Zalaegerszeg when you could live in Budapest? While it is obvious certain individuals do not buy into these master narratives, the artwork throughout D-Clinic and much of my work outside of this residency aims to facilitate a personal reflection on the narratives we are trained to believe, and spark a dialog for social change.
I am a classically trained sculptor, and have a tendency to think physically, but I have also learned that some questions can not be answered in the round. My work at D’CLINIC has taken the form of paintings, live performance, video work, writing and installation. I have played a lot with artistic expectations at this residency; painting complex compositions straight onto the walls, while saving canvases for stylized reproductions of household crafts. I also have started a new body of work titled MANtance, which derives from the word Maintenance. The project is a series of satirical demonstrations that explore white males maintaining the status quo at any cost. I want my work to seem familiar and domestic, butunder the comfort of familiar symbols and friendly colors, are problems we can only address as a collective if we really want to see change for the better. (*photo credits also to Jamison E.)