HAUTE AND KNOTTY EXHIBITION
BFA Exit Show 2016
MORGAN BROCK: SHOW STATEMENT
Human interaction is ever evolving, affected directly by the advancements in technology. While technology helps our efficiency, it is changing intimate relationships. We live in a world avoiding tangible connection and yet we are unable to ever fully disconnect because our buzzing and glowing devices are glued to our hands and eyes.
Technology has deeply impacted language, which was once an art form of profound words and personal expression. Emoji culture echoes prehistoric cave paintings and mimics ancient symbolic communication. Our hand-held devices hold our emotions and experiences, flattened and filtered. Technology has compressed all of our varying emotions into a collection of predetermined emojis for our own “personal” use. Language is not an art form of symbols.
My work comments on our digital world focusing on four specific emotions. Similarily to our edited collection of emoji emotions, I chose anger, sadness, happiness, and sensuality. Each piece attempts to portray the emotion through material, technique, color, and print. The prints illustrated, on Anger and Sensuality, depict a range of digital motifs making a most literal “screen” print. The Sensuality print mocks the new age mobile form of intimacy. Anger mimics a digitally inspired straight jacket as a form of self-protection. Happiness is a stitched and slashed revelation. Happiness reveals hints of the iconic smiley emoji. Sadness is created through crocheting silk roving. The connecting sleeves disable the arms while encouraging self-touch.
The process, material, and imagery of each garment specifically define the different emotions. The tactile qualities of each piece invite others to touch; while the wearer is encouraged to eliminate technological distraction and to reestablish their lost connection with the real world.