WHILE YOU WERE OUT
DOROTHY (NO TOTO)
The Closet Room is an interdisciplinary installation project completed for my MFA thesis at University of Washington.
This project is an extension of my longstanding interest in visual storytelling through domestic still life. In an attempt to discover these stories, I rely heavily on the practice of collecting and investigating evidence of existence. In search of human paraphernalia that hold some anonymous history, I find artifacts that, together, evoke new narratives and place value in moments and items that were once discarded. This project has developed into a series of interdisciplinary set-ups that collapse expectations of reality and dimensionality. It disorients through uncanny familiarity and illusion, communicating a sense of both nostalgia and anxiety. The work weaves together personal stories of growing up in Massachusetts with those of anonymous figures and fictional characters. There is a human presence that transcends the body and grants subjectivity to inanimate objects. I encourage viewers to step into this mirror world, reminiscent of a dream, in search of a feeling, an answer, or a memory. This statement seeks to clarify the concepts and decisions set forth in the body of work.