Meredyth Sparks
Brooklyn, NY


Artist’s Statement

My work engages the territories of decoration, design, historic and artistic modernism(s) and appropriation, a conceptual and formal approach I have termed extraction. Extraction, which functions both as a noun and a verb, investigates the space between abstraction and figuration. The process of extraction begins with taking away from an image or an object, while in its very realization, intimating what remains. By necessitating the central gesture of the cut, extraction foregrounds the gap between the represented and the real, what is visible and what is hidden and it is through extraction that I aim to reconsider the contemporary political and aesthetic relevance of musical subcultures, the historical avant-garde and the ever-evolving legacies of labor and gender-based issues.

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