A Journey Through Demarcation
BFA Exhibition – Stephanie Turtle
March 20 – 24, 2017
“A classical definition of line is as the recorded movement of a dot on its journey from one place to another. This sense of linear movement implies a direction or a sequence of directions. It accordingly implies a sense of time – in other words, line most often has a beginning and an end, and to experience it takes time”.*
A Journey Through Demarcation is an exploration of line to capture a moment in time, revealing the shadows and reflections which exit under the surface from the everyday experience. My sculptures involved drawing with line, and using light and shadow, geometric and organic form and reflection, to design immersive environments. This dystopic architectural landscape is intended to dislocate the viewer’s perception of reality, create a heightened sensorial experience and to reveal the poetic beauty of decline, and loss of function.
In Underneath the Surface I am utilizing the natural process of oxidization to document the splendour of what is hidden underneath the surface, what is hidden and what goes unseen/unnoticed in everyday life. In revealing the underbelly of a discarded cast iron manhole cover my intention is to draw attention to its slow rusting decline, to capture its subtle destruction, and to capture the beauty of a moment in time that otherwise might be lost.
* From Expressive Drawing: A Practical Guide to Freeing the Artist Within by Steven Almone