Fission

Tricia Butski's avatar Tricia Butski Vote Code: 65368

Through drawings rendered in charcoal, my recent work examines issues related to memory by exploring its limitations and aestheticizing the instability inherent in portraiture. The work allows the viewer to enter the subconscious space between remembering and forgetting. The figures and faces, which have been distorted through a repetitive layering process, manipulate our sense of familiarity. The original image becomes fragmented through this process, a conceptual procedure that corresponds to the experience of forgetting the semblance of the face, the body, and the subject. The familiarity of the face evokes comfort while simultaneously rousing a sense of distress. This creates an intermediary form that inhabits a space both real and imagined. The resulting image is neither entirely original nor fully invented, taking form as a realistic rendering of a fleeting moment, mirroring the viewer’s innate desire for clarity and their proclivity for drawing meaning out of partiality.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Charcoal on paper
  • Width: 48 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 36 inches