minutiae

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Kristi Malakoff

From September 15th to October 1st

"As an artist, I am becoming increasingly aware of my tendency to try to bring inanimate objects to life; in particular, I have been working on the 3-dimensional animation of 2-dimensional media including wallpaper, paper currency and cereal boxes. By presenting these ubiquitous objects in a new way, I hope to both challenge their entrenched symbolism as well as to bring humanism and the element of the handmade back into these highly manufactured products. As I breathe new life into these insentient things, I also strive to create a unique, exquisite object from one that was previously mass-produced. This work can also be framed as a formal investigation - that is, as rebellion against the pervasive, 2-dimensional image and my identification as a sculptor, attempting to bring this image back into its pre-representational (3-dimensional) state.

Through my installation work, I am interested in creating a visceral experience for the viewer – allowing them an opportunity to be visually and emotionally transported to a place that alternates between beauty and foreboding, awe and intimidation and reality and the façade. I have always believed that a degree of fantasy – as a respite from the responsibilities of daily life – is crucial for human health. As such, I wish to provide this sanctuary to the viewer. Though I am also interested in enchanting the viewer, it is the profundity of this experience that intrigues me. In addition, in an art world that is often focused on the cerebral, I wish to add to the mix the experience of the corporeal."