Exhibition Design | Installation | Conceptual Drawings | Type
Abstract Each year in the United States, approximately 20% (40 million) of adults and 7% of children struggle with a form of over-anxiety. On a global scale, nearly 4% of the world face the same struggle—and that remains only in accordance with a record taken in 2018. In a competitive country and greater world, the racing, desire-to-win nature is perpetuated as human nature. While biology to a certain extent deems that true, this imaginary “race” that everyone is attempting to win is unachievable and has transformed into a never ending game of mental over-exertion and personal conflict. Despite its encapsulating effect, anxiety remains to be a personalized mental battle that rarely is understood or wanted for be understood by another, allowing it to exist as an avalanche issue that is triggered and grown overtime and independently. The isolative experience of over-anxiousness remains to be a terrifying feat faced by the entire population collectively, yet the issue remains often alone and untouched in our own minds.
Since the beginning of the pandemic at the start of 2020, these statistics have only grown. Isolation has triggered a domino-effect of increasing rates of anxiety--in social realms, in existential means, and numerous other extensions--and, not to mention, overall mental health has deteriorated due to the dehabilitating global loneliness that the pandemic has issued. Thus, this project is meant to give viewers the opportunity to visualize the anxieties that ever-so crowd the mind in isolation.
In particular, this exhibition is a cultivation of three elements of isolation--internalized anxiety, dissociation, and self-reflection. Internalized anxiety fabricates in the blank and white patterned computational drawings, all organically processed and created, infinite layers slowly occupying the black and white canvases. Dissociation is embodied through the letters "A," "B," "C": the generative typography built to be only legible through the assembly of opportune separate forms. Self-reflection is depicted with refracted self-portraits composed through light and shadow to represent the loss of self clarity anxiety imposes aside despite only being around yourself. Utilizing Processing, a p5.js art and code software developed by Ben Fry and Casey Reas, these combined sections came together to create this "blank-xious" space of an over-occupied emptiness.
Installation Date February 26th - March 3rd, 2022
Location Gallery 7 George E. Mosse Humanities Building
Hosted By UW Madison Art Dept
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