Art as Self-Reflection:
2020 ARTWorks Group Show
ARTWorks Program Director, Heng-Gil Han, writes this curatorial statement highlighting some close affinities between the artists’ ideas and artworks. It is an introductory summary of the complexities that each artist unravels in their art:
"Forrest’s photographs capture women performing in mother nature to highlight their enigmatic ability to change the landscape at will. Paredes also works in photography, documenting objects from daily surroundings and preserving her memories and stories of them, specifically focusing on their similitude to natural landscapes.
By recycling household materials such as cardboard or plastic waste, Miskis’s two-dimensional work symbolically represents her immigrant experience of synthesizing American and Ecuadorian cultures to grow beyond perceived boundaries of the two cultures. Saint-Cyr’s paintings resemble collages and represent urban landscapes with vibrant imagery to reflect the strength and vitality of Haitian people, challenging what urban dwellers conventionally perceive as reality.
Mohr creates from a place of veneration in his installations, which include interactive sanctuaries and effigies. His work explores spiritual meaning and new ways of perceiving “sacred spaces” through the use of contemporary non-religious symbols, objects and materials. Exploring the relationship between chance and choice, Roper allows chance operations and makes choices to create her textile patchwork. She combines her stories with those of other people that are left in the found or donated fabrics.
In MALi’s conceptual work of combined media, they blur the boundaries between fine art and fashion, and portray the black queer experience, exploring ways of empowering the black community. Guervil expresses the experience Carribean immigrants by organizing domino games, highlighting their hope for improving their quality of life and emphasizing their values: recognition, joy, privacy, faith, community, service, creativity, wealth, honesty, love, growth, knowledge, justice, diversity, security, sacrifice, wisdom, truth, health, and freedom.
A majority of the group regard their art-making activities as a critical channel for self-reflection or as a moment in which they look back at themselves, thus the title, Art as Self-Reflection. The term here means an activity of trying to find/define identity by means of cultural or educational backgrounds, childhood memories, or the given situation in which the artist finds themselves at the present time."