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Sebastian Collett
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

"Vanishing Point" explores memory and desire through encounters with people at a pivotal point in their lives.

Growing up gay in a small college town, the life I desired was always just out of reach. Twenty years later, a grown man but still full of longing, I returned for my high school reunion.

Immersed in the landscape of my youth, I found myself scouting for “stand-ins” for characters from my past. Archetypal figures appeared; those I had wanted, or wanted to be. Looking into their eyes, I could see my past selves. As they met my gaze, I saw them look forward to their own aging with a mixture of curiosity and trepidation.

We were at a crossroads - each of us perched on the cusp of becoming the other. I watched for moments of transition, when the subject seemed on the verge of becoming or vanishing. Throughout my work, I seek to describe these liminal states, and to evoke the eternal quest to situate the self in time.

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