(Image: Shyra De Souza, Phantom Limb, 2013, Found objects variable; ©Shyra De Souza)
Shyra De Souza (b. Grande Prarie, Alberta)
As the eye falls upon desirable material objects, the mind enters into a haptic process of touching the form from a distance, becoming a willing participant in the process of seduction, and generating a kind of understanding of the object as culturally predetermined. As human life is lived within the construct of various, layered communities, so is human understanding of the world experienced as a set of agreed upon rules and interpretations. I seek to disrupt and manipulate this intersubjective foundation of experience in order to draw attention to the process of meaning-making as it relates to contemporary material culture.
Much of my work is focused on the challenge of creating both a critical distance for the viewer of discarded, mass-produced objects I use in the work, while simultaneously drawing from, and building upon the extreme sensuality and allure of these objects. The intent is to remove the viewer from metaphorical and representational systems of thinking. I integrate multiple closed forms (usually second-hand, contemporary home décor items) into larger, open, layered, configurations. I place the resulting forms within a theatrical context that prompts a self-guided process of meaning-making in the viewer. The somewhat uncanny sensation of these reconfigured, less representational forms is intended to generate a sense of suspicion or disbelief of the form’s representational power.
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction, Sculpture, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB, 2006.
Shyra De Souza was chosen as a Juried Winner in Round #4 of the 2013 ArtSlant Showcase Series.
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