2020 Spring Exhibition > Indiana Massey

Descartes has a theory that the mind exists separately from the physical mass of the brain. The mind is able to use the brain as a gateway. It dances between the nonphysical and physical realms never directly experiencing anything outside of its shell. I like to think of this deprivation of direct experience as if you could only touch things with gloves on. I wonder what it would feel like if I could take them off.

My work explores the necessity and inadequacy of touch and the weirdness of having a body through the use of abstracted narrative scenes. I’m interested in how abstracting the figure allows it to operate as a physical entity as well as a signifier for an emotional experience. In this sense my work is analogous to contemporary myth-makers like Kaito Itsuki, Juanita McNeely and Naudline Pierre Cluvie. However, I believe my work is comparatively tender. Its strength comes from its feeling of intimacy rather than its boldness.This feeling is amplified by my works’ small scale and use of delicate drawing-based techniques. I often use bright, feminine color palettes to subvert more somber content, and invite viewers to take a closer look.

Tranformation
Pencil, Ink, Collage on Paper
5" x 7"
2019
Lonesome
Colored pencil and ink on paper
5" x 7"
2019
Ghost Couple
Graphite,colored pencil and ink on paper
5" x 7"
2019
Levitate
Oil on canvas
16" x 24"
2019
Reclining nude finally bursts
Acrylic and collage on paper
6" x 9"
2019
Babushka in Desert
Acrylic and collage on paper
6" x 9"
2019
Hospital Scene
Water color and colored pencil on paper
24" x 18"
2020
Healing, but Blue and with Feathers
Oil on canvas
16" x 24"
2020
Caring, at a safe distance
Oil on canvas
16" x 24"
2020