Exhibition Runs: July 6-July 28,2012
Closing Reception: July 6, 7-10 pm
At UAS Satellite Gallery
I am interested in the relationship between people and objects. My work is an attempt to draw the relationships between people or between objects or the abstract. They are records of what happened when it happened, things I think are funny, things other people think are funny, stuff I hear or see, dumb thoughts, historical facts, poignant moments, inside jokes, snide thoughts, bad drawings, good drawings, life drawings, failed drawings, other people’s drawings and everything else.
When I draw, my main goal is to make work that is accessible as well as aesthetically pleasing. I use figurative imagery, text and the abstract to create compositions that take inspiration from everything I see or hear. My work is more based on creating a sense of playfulness and aesthetics than a particular meaning.
Because my work is created from such a large array inspiration, I think a part of the meaning of my work is derived from the viewer. They project their own feelings and histories and views onto an accessible piece.
From this standpoint, i’ve recently been interested in making interactive works- painting on objects that will be used, such as garbage cans or chairs. Objects that can be categorized as both art and functional pieces. By painting on 3d objects they require the viewer to walk around to see all sides. I wish to make pieces that engage the viewer and allows them to be active participants. I want to release the viewer from feeling like they have to tread carefully and cautiously around art.
Tiffany Eng was born in the remote highlands of Indonesia sometime between the years 1746 & 1801. She was raised by a herd of Chinese water deer that owned a small but influential textiles company. Because of her upbringing she developed a strong interest in animals. Even today it remains a focus of her research, resulting in numerous expeditions to the cardboard undercities of modern North America. It is these expeditions that are the inspiration for her current body of work.