May 16 – 30, 2009
Reception: Saturday, May 16 at 8:00 pm
Seeing ‘Me’ Seeing You is a lens-based installation that explores the performative nature of identity. The exhibition strategically encourages the audience to explore and interact with the artist as a person by viewing images and artefacts of the artist and her belongings. Images are presented as postcards from the artist, and the audience is offered the opportunity to respond with postcard messages of their own. As the audience explores, they form and, if they wish, express ideas about the artists identity and by doing so, leave their own traces of identity on the exhibition. These individual expressions reveal the interactive performance nature of personal narratives, as the artists identity commingles with those of the audience.
I tend to visualize identity the same way I view a bubble floating in the air. The shape of the bubble changes according to the pressure of the air from both inside and outside the bubble while the molecules of the soap that form the bubble film are trying to stay connected in order to maintain the bubbles existence. From this perspective, the film of the bubble exists in a liminal space where it does not belong to either inside or outside but is, instead, a defining response to both. In this sense, the identity I project through the utterances I create (inside moving outside) meet anothers utterances (outside moving inside) at a point of contact (liminal space) that changes both.
Ms. Jirayu U. Cunningham: BFA (Product Design) Faculty of Decorative Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. MA.Sc. (By Special Arrangement in Media Studies and Engineering) Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Currently completing an MFA in Media Production and Studies, University of Regina.