SMFA Senior Thesis Project May, 2017.
Kushi, Teruko Isabella.
relate to paintings as we relate to windows: what matters exists beyond the surface.
However, what we see exists simultaneously here and
there. Painting tells us as much about how we see as about
whatwe see. More than materiality on canvas, painting is a way of
seeing; a display of sight in revelation. When we encounter a display of
seeing - objectified and isolated - it ... read moreconfronts us with how we see
ourselves. Rather than working to transcend materiality in a painting, my work aims to
emphasize the material body. My work frames paintings as objects, in which the
materiality is sculptural, physical and animate. I imagine the bodies of my paintings
looking back at me, reflecting not what but how I see.
Painting sees me. Recently I’ve been interested in making work which
forces the viewer to recognize how it is looked at. I create situations where the work
asks you to lay down, touch, smell, enter, or speak to it to be experienced. I attempt
to pose questions on how we see all things in relationship, specifically the ways
material can transform in and out of context - How rugs can become tapestries when
placed on walls, or paintings become graffiti when created outside. I believe the
hierarchies built into space through architecture play equally into how we perceive
paintings as the paint on canvas. It is these frameworks that mediate how we view what
is “art” and what is not. I aim to subvert and disrupt the the lense which
defines painting, by viewing painting as an expanded field occupying all spaces and
Keywords: painting, installation, sculpture, performance, fiber, light installation.read less