Artist: Alicia Keyworth
Exhibition: Wasteful Growth
Media: Waste and cotton balls.
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: No website
About the Artist: Alicia is currently a under graduate right now tying to get her BA in fiber design. At first she started out pursuing her degree in art design, but later realized that art design does not fully explore her art direction. After she graduates, she sees herself in ten years working at a high school teaching kids about art. One way she likes to get inspired is to go to zoos. There is something about the animals being locked and taken away from their habitat that inspires her. Her work is to bring attention to the large amounts of trash we produce and the fact we don’t do anything about it.
Formal Analysis: For this particular art, it is made entirely out of a trash bag and cotton balls. The shape of the art is in square shape which are equal on all sides. It seems symmetry is a big theme in the piece because the square and the object in the middle are proportionally designed. This method to make everything equally implies balance in her art. The lines are well sculpted, also implying that the piece is strong in both purpose and design. The texture is rigid and the reason for it is because it was made out of a trash bag. It represent that a on the outside it is a beautiful object to glance at, but if you get close enough, you can notice and feel the horrid image portrayed by the art.
Content Analysis: Alicia is focused on conveying the idea about how we treat trash in our world. Normally trash will end up going to the trash dump or end up going to the environment such as the ocean. It will eventually overfill as it is currently right now. Her art is design to teach us that it may seem that we got the situation under control about the trash, but it really isn’t. That is why her art seems beautiful from a distance, but when we get closer we can see the real image of the art.
Synthesis/ My experience: I learned a lot from this week artist conservation. I learned that we tend to view some problems as trivial and not a big deal such as the trash situation. We take for granted that we can easily dispose of our trash without no worries. Instead we should be curious and cautious about our trash. We should ask questions about where does the trash go and does all of it end up where it is suppose to. Then whether we are attempting to fix the issue about our trash ending up in the environment. Alicia’s art does its job as conveying this idea about our current trash epidemic.