Art > Our Life and Its Forgetting

One Hundred Suspended Wishes - View 1
plaster, twigs, oil paint, and string
2013
One Hundred Suspended Wishes - detail
plaster, twigs, oil paint, and string
2013
Untitled Mnemonic 1
screen print, image transfer collage, kitakata and mulberry paper collage, graphite, and colored pencil on paper mounted to birch panel
24"x18"
2014
Untitled Mnemonic 2
screen print, image transfer collage, kitakata and mulberry paper collage, graphite, and colored pencil on paper mounted to birch panel
24"x18"
2014
Untitled Mnemonic 3
screen print, image transfer collage, kitakata and mulberry paper collage, graphite, and colored pencil on paper mounted to birch panel
24"x18"
2014

School 33 Art Center, Baltimore MD
480 Sq Ft
November 15th 2014 - January 3rd 2015


Present in Michelle Dickson’s piece, One Hundred Suspended Wishes is a sense of suspense; both of waiting for an outcome, and the literal suspension of dreams and aspirations deemed impractical in the face of a harsher reality. The title alludes to the poem “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes. The sculpture fluctuates between a sense of exploding into new life, and rotting on the vine. The shapes within are evocative of a chrysalis; either gathering strength on the way to metamorphosis… or they sag and “fester like a sore”.

Vestige 1 and 2 also flow and shift between opposing ideas and states. The processes of death, decay, and regrowth are evoked, while paralleling the mental equivalent played out in the process of memory, and of overcoming loss and trauma. These sculptures utilize the movement of the viewer’s body as they circle the work- imposing an awareness of the one’s own body in relation. Perception changes from different distances and angles, unfolding a kind of narrative as the viewer moves about the surrounding space.

Photography by Joseph Hyde and Michelle Dickson