(2019/Superior Spectacular for Superior,Co)
“Of my conception I know only what you know of yours. It occurred in darkness and I was unconsenting.” ― Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping
This work explores the relationship between transparency and obscurity within the context of partnership. As I began to process falling out with my closest friend, I examined more deeply how two people in the same relationship are simultaneously experiencing something shared and yet entirely separate from one another. When close to someone else, it can seem as if everything is transparent. But those who have been in the depths of another person know that there are always things obscured from view.
The glass panels are windows, picture frames, microscope slides, museum glass. Glass creates a sense of distance from and examination of the thing viewed through it. But it is also clear, which allows us to have a relationship with something we cannot touch. As viewers move through the panels, the images constantly shift in relation to one another, creating surprising interactions unique to each person. Though the artwork remains the same, the experience of it cannot.