PAIGE MOSTOWY Exploring the parallels between phenomenologically based lapses in memory and perception, I question how an individual's history impacts their ability to partake in a consistent present. By utilizing photography, traditional sculpture, performance, and installation, I dismantle and alter both objects and perspectives from my own life to create work that is personally signiﬁcant, yet public in its ambiguity. With this installation, each section serves to explore a disparate set of circumstances that, although separate, are still connected through they're underlying structure and material. The relation between time and circumstance is illustrated throughout my work.
Each installation includes both a totemic form and a description of circumstance through photography. The vertical structures imply a ﬁxed perspective on time and the photographs are used in a three-dimensional space to allude to the often disjointed description that memory creates. These elements collaborate to explicate the contradictions that arise when perspectives are muddled and the perceptive act of recollection is questioned. Each wooden beam has four lines originating from vein tracings embedded in each structure. These tracings were directly transferred to paper and then used as maps. The maps are recontextualized representations of rifts made within perspectives throughout a lifetime. The photographs serve as a way to simultaneously explore the differentiating circumstances of terrain and my own cognition within each environment. The photographic fragmentation and its physical presence within the space further allude to a disjointed reinterpretation by visually inhabiting a three dimensional space and representing how memory functions within the mind.
The fourth installation consists of photographs taken in the aftermath of a severe car accident. The central vertical structure is a growing expanse of pill bottles prescribed over a few years. Varying in their effectiveness, this installation creates a similar timeline to that of the other works. The disjointed scenery serving as the only recollection, inﬂuences the perspective of the event more than memory ever could.
Paige Mostowy b. 1987, CT
Paige Mostowy was born in Connecticut, raised outside Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art-X: Expanded Forms from the University of Georgia in 2010 and currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana teaching 3D Design at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University. Currently working with 8mm archival footage, drawing, photography, and traditional sculpture, she juxtaposes awareness of self with the historical timeline of others. Creating circumstantial evidence enables the reinterpretation of transient space throughout memory and perception.
About ArtSlant Exhibition Series
This installation is part of the ArtSlant Prize Series. One Juried Winner from the six rounds of the competition are offered the opportunity to exhibit their work through the Chicago Loop Alliance’s Pop-Up Art Loop program. The ArtSlant Prize is an annual competition where artists from around the world submit their work to a panel of arts professionals. At the end of the competition 4 artists from the Juried Winners pool receive cash awards and are selected to exhibit at a contemporary art fair.
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