Varied Systems


Young, Em

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Varied Systems


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Holographic Mylar, Sculpey clay, contact paper, acrylic paint, and mixed media on wood panel


32 x 18 x 18 in.

Artist Statement

I offer up these works of aesthetics and perception in the form of strange shiny structures that reside somewhere between painting and sculpture. Arcing clay forms navigate a holographic, shiny world as they interact with different materials along the way. I see these materials functioning like marks made with paint. The gesture of a brushstroke is mimicked by a shadow. This shadow moves across different planes and onto the wall or the pedestal, thereby creating a new material. The spaces outside of the piece then become a part of it as a three-dimensional clay form breaks the edge and reaches onto the wall. Movement of the viewer highlights the fluidity of the holographic material and emphasizes its difference from the fixed image of that same material. In my work I consider the potential for these different materials when taken out of context. Sculpey clay is reminiscent of childhood play; contact paper is usually found in a drawer and overlooked. By combining these unconventional materials I erase and redefine preconceived contexts and present them in a purely aesthetic manner.

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Young, Em, “Varied Systems,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed November 28, 2015, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/4429.