Installation view of Fossus: MFA Thesis Exhibition.
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Fossus is a series of abstract drawings that record a journey towards becoming productively sad. Each serves as a charted landscape that follow the pathways of a succession of surrogate figures. Penelope, Sarah Winchester, Low era David Bowie, and Marcel Proust are held up as models for their reaction to loss. The behaviors explored range from courses of denial and distraction to indulgence and acceptance. Emotional maps of each character are composed of labor-intensive stippling, line work, and inking. Each piece elaborates on this small visual vocabulary to articulate the mimicry of and reflection on the character’s psyches. The artifact of this process documents the meditative, penance-like, and transformative qualities of the work.