The Visual Aesthetic of Narrative Complexity
December 5 – December 15, 2014
Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Several pieces of Genevieve Hartsock's BA Senior Exhibition Portfolio,The Visual Aesthetic of Narrative Complexity, are included in the BA Senior Group Exhibition along with ten other candidates whose portfolios are the culmination of their work toward a bachelor of arts degree in art
There is the saying that nothing should be taken at “face value” – that "there is more than what meets the eye." But where those sayings typically apply to the judgment and understanding of an individual, I am applying those ideas to narratives and situations. My artwork consists of the superimposition of complex patterns into an image to suggest narrative complexity in how the subject, or subjects, in the image adapt or are adapted to complexity. I simplify scenes and subjects into shapes that are manipulated by overlaying patterns that do not naturally belong, flattening either areas or the entire space into an illustrative homage to the subject, honoring the untold complexities in their experiences. My goal with this technique is to suggest complex narratives into seemingly simple subjects, recognizing that all persons have untold stories, and all stories untold complexities that make their entirety beyond capacity of short words and simple images. I aim to illustrate the magnitude of mystery, glory, and complexity in the seemingly simple.
An individual is never just a person: they are the accumulation of tales, told and untold. An individual is a thousand stories of joy, pain, horror, and sorrow, and we are never strong enough to resist how these events and journeys warp us into who we are and who we become. The complex, the unknown, and chaos force themselves onto an individual and warp them and can either leave them as conquerors or in ruin. How they either conquer or are conquered by those ensuing complexities is a beauty in itself.