They burned time for fuel


Cogdill, Matt

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Hemlock, acrylic on panel, wool & silk fibers


36 x 54 x 12 in.

Artist Statement

There is a beautiful apartment building across the street from my home. Every night

before bed, I sit on my balcony and smoke a cigarette. The ground floor, western

apartment of the building is always lit up. For the past nine months at midnight, I

have watched the woman who lives there. She never has company over and is

incessantly cleaning.

My work is about the people that inhabit buildings and the memories they imbue

those spaces with. I approach the objects that I make as artifacts, or fragments of a

whole situation. In this way, my work is reminiscent of dollhouses: skeleton homes.

By filling my framed spaces with gestures, and objects I think of the finished work

as being theatrical. I provide a stage for the viewer and have my own impression of

every scene, but I am not telling the story itself. Rather, I give the context, both

what is shown and what is obscured.

The woman across the street is cleaning every night for a reason. I will never know

what the truth reason is, but I write a new one every night.

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Cogdill, Matt, “They burned time for fuel,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed December 10, 2016, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/4380.
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