Our own identity is a hybrid of genetics, the physical material;
of our behavior, the choices we make, by the way we present ourselves,
the way we interact with our immediate environment; and our social,
cultural, and geographic circumstance. We are the sum of these parts.
This work began as an exploration of identity construction: identity
as the sum of its parts in terms of relationships of parts within
one body and also relationships of individuals within one defined
group. The conceptual identity focused further through ideas of
This work and “A Sum of its Parts: 4 in 2 halves is equal
to 1” were created for a temporary exhibition at the 3Arts
Club, a historic residential building that is undergoing physical
and functional transformations. I incorporated ideas of transformation
into the theme of identity construction. By utilizing the surrounding
color format and the gallery’s interior architectural measurements
and rhythms, these two works naturally grow out of this space.
After I clearly visualized the larger sculpture, I realized that
the room as a whole needed to be balanced. The large work draws
towards the floor so to balance the room vertically this smaller
corner piece is directly opposite the large work and pushes up.
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