First Place Award. "See Right Through Me"

Figures of Speech Show

Anderson Museum of Art. Anderson, IN

"A different interpretation of the theme. The choice of medium helps reflect the idea. An intense subject matter that is technically well thought out."

                                   -Jennifer Complo McNutt

                                    Juror, The 8th Annual Figures of                                                                 Speech, A Competitive Gallery Exhibit.                                          Anderson Museum of Art                                                                     Anderson, IN

In my work I address the role of white voices in the discourse of race, more specifically, the absence of white voices. I question how this silence perpetrates continued racism. The materials I focus on are etched glass (mainly antique dessert plates forming chandeliers, signifying privilege) and fabric sculpture. The forms are abstracted, though many contain explicit text. They work to draw the viewer in with an unassuming beauty to ultimately reveal their conceptual underpinnings.

These abstractions provide a similar challenge when considering another absence of voice, those of the LGBTQ community. I have only begun to explore these missing voices, connecting them to place, and adding my voice to theirs. I continue to mine these connections.

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