Gabriella Carboni (Armory Teaching Artist)
(Not) A Perfect Fit
Graphite and acrylic gouache on clayboard
10" x 8" x 3/4"
This work is unframed.
Description: "A few years ago, I spent some time in Iceland and became fascinated by Thingvellir National Park, the area where the North American and the Eurasian plates meet. I began to imagine them once being connected and breaking apart. I started wondering what would happen if you tried to push them back together; would they match up? The idea of things once being one piece, breaking into two, and then changing made me think of a broken relationship, or of how we grow apart from friends or family as we move far away and get older. We may have fit together in the past, our edges matching, but now what remains is two pieces that have been smoothed over and further cracked by time and weathering and change.
All my work centers around kinship, intimacy, and familial ties. My drawings and sculptures often involves natural forms I am drawn to both in the body, and in nature. I am constantly investigating how we interact with one another, how we support each other, and how we grow apart or grow together. I have made many pieces that show two entities interacting, seeing their full forms, as well as their interaction. With this piece, I decided to zoom in on the interaction of these two entities. This work focuses in on the moments of connection and disconnect between the forms, rather than on the forms as a whole. "
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