My experience navigating multiraciality in Korea, and then the United States serves as the catalyst for my current drawing project. I photograph and interview multiracial women to gather source material and to elicit an interpersonal connection during the process. The exchange of emotions and ideas between the model and myself shapes the outcome of each photo shoot, producing unpredictable and idiosyncratic results. I then comb through hundreds of digital photographs, searching for one that captures more than a portrait. I am searching for an interior and private space; an in-between moment arrested by chance that captures the figure between expression and release. That image becomes the kernel of a drawing and with graphite, charcoal or ink I amplify and enhance its distinctive quality, revealing an affective identity woven from my own emotions and that of the model. Through this work I am exposing the plurality of emotions that sculpt human subjectivity. The drawings of these women are portals into the human psyche, a place where emotions call out and perceived racial boundaries dissolve.
Photos by Dan Kvitka
This project was funded in part by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation
Indivisible - Samantha Wall
American, b. 1966
Painted wooden kinetic relief with spring and wire mounted to panel
16 x 11 x 1 inches
American, 20th Century
London Test #2, 2006
Signed faile, dated 2006 and inscribed as titled on the reverse
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 inches
Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller comprise the artist duo Faile; a collective embracing appropriation and collage. Taking their cues from artists like Mimmo Rotello and Jacques Villegle and combining it with the immediacy and brashness of graffiti, Faile has become one of the most noted names in Street Art today. Their work has been exhibited at Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Tate Modern in London, the Shanghai Sculpture Space in China, and was recently featured in conjunction with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center.