This artwork is part of my Reversals series. These works in this series are intended to reflect upon art, beauty, human nature and time. Symmetry is supposed to be beautiful, but when it is executed too perfectly it can become grotesque or off-putting. Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO explored this in Beautiful Mutants, utilizing found historic portraits in symmetry to create strange and eerie scenes and individuals. In my work, I have intentionally worked with images of traditional art, especially garden sculpture, which is seen as capturing the most beautiful or serene or peaceful but has historically represented only particular subjects, especially attractive young women, mothers and children. The juxtaposition of symmetry and traditional images of beauty becomes a sort of "uncanny valley” in ways, like how computer generated portraits become eerily both real and not real, just enough off from normal as to not be believed or trusted. They become too lifelike and yet not lifelike enough, and the result is creepy. In the case of these images, they become less believable, less lifelike, and yet we cannot ignore the human element in them and so they trigger a sort of unease. Heading Home questions whether one is coming or going. I am reflecting on both past and future in present, not just in the physical, but in all aspects of being. Where am I and how did I get to be here? Where am I going? Where do I want to be?
Jennifer Weigel is a multi-disciplinary mixed media conceptual artist. Weigel utilizes a wide range of media to convey her ideas, including assemblage, drawing, fibers, installation, jewelry, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, video and writing. Much of her work touches on themes of beauty, identity (especially gender identity), memory & forgetting, and institutional critique. Weigel’s art has been exhibited nationally in all 50 states and has won numerous awards.
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