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John and June Allcott Gallery: One Week MFA Thesis Exhibition, Jeanine Tatlock

Not in my backyard

Not in my Backyard
Reception: May 17, 5-7 pm

Artist Statement:

I question why we have so many inequalities in America. Who or what is responsible? How can we fix them? There may be no clear solutions, but there can be progress. Action is necessary to invoke change. My role as an artist is mute unless I speak out against oppression and fight for people’s unalienable rights.

As an interdisciplinary artist, much of my work is guerrilla or public intervention. Using traditional and technological fabrication methods, I create the objects I use in my interventions to prompt a dialogue about privilege and history. I engage in both a sculptural and 2D studio practice using spray paint, wood, embroidery, and fabric. I create objects, drawings, and installations that intend to start either dialogue or introspection around themes of gender, class, and race in the gallery setting.

My work is primarily about white supremacy, especially the ways that white women are complicit in perpetuating it. I take quotes from Confederate monuments and embroider them onto fabric with pearl beads, putting the racists’ words into a contemporary and critical context. I selected materials that would evoke femininity, as well as whiteness and the upper class, which characterized the Daughters of the Confederacy, the group that sponsored most of the Confederate monuments, and the “Southern Belle” culture.

I use text to expand and re-write plaques on Confederate statues and buildings named after white supremacists. I make fake plaques out of wood using laser cutters.

I am also working with soft sculpture installations that will merge together the themes I have been exploring. I use domestic fabric to make soft sculptures that conjure monuments or members of the KKK. The use of decorative and utilitarian fabric illustrates the idea that racism is within and constructed from the fabric of society. These sculptures are obelisk forms that become softened by the fabric material. The soft material takes the power away from the monument and becomes an anti-monument.

Admission: Free
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm

Artist’s Instagram: @jeaninetea

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