Photos by Ariel Jones, Chris Beer, and Kelly Johnson
Dimpled, Twisted, and Buried considers and embraces the strange, absurd, and excellent experience of inhabiting and maneuvering a physical form—one that absorbs and oozes, stretches and breaks, can be cuddled, molded, stitched, costumed, stripped, and shriveled.
Though highly adaptable, our bodies require constant maintenance and care to endure weirdness daily. Ailments, injuries, secretions, ingestions, and urgent and lingering emotions compound with years of repeated bending, binding, twisting and grinding. The way we handle these perpetual biological and psychological modifications affects how we perceive our bodies’ variable purposes and conditions.
Jade, Iva, Evelyn and Emily offer curious vignettes—at times severe, occasionally queering—on the anxieties, discomforts, and fluctuations that accompany an embodied existence. Film, oil, clay, foam, and marker give form to slick, mucousy interiors; weathered, dented, and fleshy skins; gushing blood; signs of death, restlessness, longing, and self-determination.
In these works, an attitude of destabilizing and sensual playfulness toward the fragility of the body eases considerations of the very real pains, struggles, and pleasures that one physically experiences in a lifetime. Acknowledging the bizarre, often unexpected nature of residing in such a fluid anatomy, this exhibition allies a reverent intimacy with an amusing examination of our peculiar corporeal realities.