Vicissitudes

Breanne Kanak's avatar Breanne Kanak

Vicissitudes are natural changes or mutations, which are usually out of the realm of human control or prediction. Cancers, diseases, broken bones, deterioration, and conversely growth and healing can all be considered vicissitudes. In the past few years a number of my family members have had several serious health issues. Vicissitudes is a collection of highly detailed, abstract drawings, spanning across several years of these life altering and often frightening situations. Living nearly four hundred miles away from most of the people involved in the series created a literal distance, while hearing about family members’ respective conditions through indirect messages produced an overpowering emotional distance. I realized in order to create a series which evoked both healing and acceptance, for my own mental and emotional health, I needed to mask the true nature of images so I could begin to view them in a different way. Numerous personal artifacts and references including: X-rays, MRI scans, surgical photography, test results, and medical papers supplemented my process of reconstructing technical and highly personal information into abstract drawings. The structures I have designed loosely reference the body parts and systems being addressed in the aforementioned objects, events, and stories. My work creates scenes with the absence of color to lend a cold, unfeeling mood to the drawings. I want to echo the detached technical and informational style of interpersonal communication in my personal life. By interacting with the images in varying scales and media, viewers are transported into the environments, depth, and moods portrayed in each composition. The power of the image is conveyed and the viewer gains the opportunity to assign personal meaning to what they are seeing – much like I was forced to do years ago and continue to struggle with today.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Micron Pen on Paper
  • Width: 11x14 inches
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 14x11 inches