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Bethany Collins

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

I am interested in the unnerving possibility of multiple meanings, dual perceptions, and limitlessness in the seemingly binary. Drawing repeatedly allows me to fully understand objects in space, while defining and redefining my own racial landscape.

For me, racial identity has neither been instantly formed nor conjured in isolation. Rather, identity entangles memory: actual and revisited, cultural and historical, individual and collective. Through the dissolution of dichotomies and exploration of language, each re-worked mark is yet another attempt to navigate the binary paradigm of race in the American South.

From my earlier White Noise to more recent Southern Review series, each body of work borders on an obsessive preoccupation with language-it’s ability and inability to negotiate a way of being in the world. But I have found in my practice a delight in these obsessive preoccupations. And in the solutions they slowly, ever so slowly, but inevitably offer.

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