Every day we interact with structures built upon male dominate values. Even in our most iconic contemporary buildings we find references to Greek and Roman architecture and sculpture, idealized representations of the human body. In my thesis exhibition, I employ various media to invite viewers to reexamine those values in architecture and art history and identity. By creating sculptures out of brick and concrete, I acknowledge how pervasive sociopolitical issues are ingrained into our built environment.
The museum’s exterior courtyard is a space for me to explore my interest in public art and the social interactions it can ignite. I have created a series of alternatives to classical architectural columns using brick and concrete. In the courtyard there are three outdoor column sculptures. The first, Anyone can be the A in Ally in LGBTQIA2-S is built from standard red bricks painted with a motif inspired by the rainbow flag. It is a solid structure built from these elements; a celebratory object of pride and also a weapon, an implement of protest associated with the Stonewall Riots. Her Column is made with custom 3D molded concrete bricks and expresses the idea of unity and female values. Structurally, it has open sections that suggest weaving and bringing together and a cage which confines; these are aspects acknowledging roles women have historically held, and how even today female architects are largely unknown. Core Sample of Ancient Sculptural Appendages is made from colored concrete and natural detritus. Embedded inside are appendages associated with figurative sculptures that were collected and encased within the column; only by word of mouth and close observation will the viewer comprehend the objects hidden within. None of the columns support a physical structure, but build ideas instead.
Inside the museum photography with, First Century Transgendered, I created depictions of classical Greek and Roman sculpture that elicit a historical reconsideration of sexual identity. In concrete a series, Idealistic Figure abstractions, sculptures are cast from the packaging of the model figures used in the photographs, leaving a styrofoam texture that alludes to their origin.
My works are meant to engage a dialogue by creating visual, architectural, and object languages that cast a positive light on issues surrounding women’s rights and LGBTI equality. My upbringing as a daughter of socially active lesbian mothers, and as a first hand observer of socio-political-gender inequalities, has fueled my passion to make art that pushes for radical acceptance of all human beings and inspires change.