The Way Station and the Gravity Well
Employing multiple media including sculpture, drawing, and video, my work experiments with the oscillation between form and formless, creating an installation space that evokes the struggle between abstraction and representation. In this document, I recall the concurrent historical developments of abstraction, from expressionism to post-minimalism, and the Cold War space programs. I infer a cultural fascination with exploring the void and a desire to both escape the gravitational confines of the Earth and submit oneself to the fecundity of its surface. Expressively, through the use of prose and personal anecdotes, my words stitch together the influences of authors and artists, and the mythologized image of the heroic spacefarer.