Art Reception: In The Walls
June 3, 2021
Time: 4 PM - 4:45 PM
“In the Walls” exhibits a body of work by interdisciplinary artist Mia Fabrizio. This collection expresses multilayered concepts relating to identity and structure through a variety of artistic processes and mediums. Ascribing to the visual context of home as well as the ethos of homemade, the imagery and materiality of the work recounts a bequeathed normative that is embedded within the spaces we dwell.
Drawing, painting, carving and collage are used to investigate the link between the physical construction of spaces we occupy and the cultural constructs within our society. There is focus on the fluidity of perceived binaries by combining materials and methods of working that are traditionally gender coded. There is particular consideration of attributes relating to antiquated notions of feminine and masculine and public and private. Construction methods and materials such as drywall and wood represent masculinity. Floral wallpaper and domestic items exist in the work as conventional indicators of femininity. Patterns operate as symbols of the normative or systematic. By combining these materials through additive and reductive methods patterns are revealed and/or broken.
Although themes overlap, several groups of work comprise “In The Walls”.
A collection of work is defined by its focus on the occupation of “in-between” space, a term that more accurately defines what some of us inhabit daily. Portraits of friends, family and the artist are rendered in various degrees of layers or camouflage. Specifically included in this group are the “Wallflower Series”, “In- Between” and “Holding Pattern”.
An additional set of portraits presents people who are entrenched in their space- part of the structure. “Clean Hands, Clean Head”, “You’re Prettier Than That” and “Stuck in The Middle With You” are examples of this category.
A third group illuminates the construction and décor of a domestic space. The creation of these pieces stemmed from ideas of layers of assimilation, residue of traditions and a fluid relationship between public and private spheres. Works such as “Nostalgia Is Not What It Used To Be”, “Cover Up” and “Inner Out” highlight these concepts as do the larger works exhibited in the 610 building.
Pieces such as “House Paint”, “Neighborhood” and “Flea Market” take a step back and offer a perspective of domestic space from distant vantage point. The entirety of the exhibition offers the viewer an opportunity to engage with the work from positions located inside and outside, altering one’s sense of belonging.