Semblance

Tricia Butski's avatar Tricia Butski

This large scale charcoal diptych (Flux & Fugue) examines issues related to memory by exploring its limitations and aestheticizing the instability inherent in portraiture. The medium of charcoal serves as a material analog for impermanence, fragility, and malleability. By challenging the boundaries between representation and abstraction, and questioning the relationship between fluctuation and constancy, the works become entangled and bewildered, expressing the viewer’s innate desire for clarity and their proclivity for drawing meaning out of partiality. 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.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Charcoal on Paper
  • Width: 58 inches each
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 88 inches each