A shadow in black and white is following me.
BA Fine Art Degree Show 2007
The main “body” of this piece suspended with wire and bled into half spiked vessels on the floor reflects the artist’s concern with the transformation of experience. Pain and “darkness in our life is a growing time.” Key colours of black, white and red represent varying stages of recognition as part of the creative process.
Suspended above this main work are gestures of drawn hands reaching towards bled edges. Visually the effect of the piece is immediate but also intimate, reflective of many layers of meaning and intense investigation.
Nearby the artist’s sketchbook reveals her alchemical process of thought and influences. Reference to Frida Kahlo is particularly interesting as an example of pain being transformed by creative process. Kuzman’s work is a great example of grasping the power of visual communication and language.
- THIS WAY UP: MORAY COLLEGE DEGREE SHOW © Georgina Coburn, 2007
Black is the colour of the first stage, Nigredo – the ‘dark night of the soul’. Those who successfully pass through it move to Albedo, a ‘mirror of whitening light’, associated with enlightenment, life and joy. The final stage is Rubedo, where the reddening is associated with the incorporation of enlightenment into one’s life.
The assemblages of objects I use in my installation are part of a dynamic narrative, expressing my need to explore life in all of its guises; and their roles in the story evolve with time.
To bring process to the surface, to make it manifest, I use my body. Body is the vehicle through which soul is made manifest, then I can become a channel of transcendent. All my art, in whichever media, embodies ‘me’ in this way.
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