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Nancy VanDevender

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

I use still and moving images to delineate space through sculptural considerations and societal concerns. The power of intimate encounters is my tool for persuasion with regard to economic and social inequalities and hierarchies. Private space and public forum are explored through choreography, installation, and events. Film stills and subtitles, texts from graffiti and tattoos, historical decorative motifs, maps, game-boards, and media sourced confessions of sexual scandals and political misdeeds, all have provided material for collecting, archiving and translating.
My aesthetic is profoundly layered, mirroring the complexities of both process and subject matter. After a visual backdrop is realized, particular elements are added to further the outlining of the space. While all of the content is embedded in the printed element, it is these layered additions of photographs, videos, furnishings, and improvised sets that give credence to the necessity for the defined stage.


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