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3. gentle consciousness

            From gentle consciousness,  2023

gentle consciousness is a modular monument that holds the complex feelings that continuously emerge as I develop a politicalized understanding of our world. The work sits in the tension between the theoretical and the actual: my language abstractly recounts Michel Foucault’s concepts of power and surveillance and Judith Butler’s gender performativity; similarly, it ruminates on Eurocentric ideas of dualism and discipline. This culminates in an object that demonstrates the–paradoxically disjointed yet somehow connected–relationship of these concepts within my life. 

The modularity of gentle consciousness allows for new letterforms, words, phrases, and ideas to reveal themselves to the viewer as they interact with the pieces; this is to encourage reflection and playful imagination of a future outside of the racialized, hetero-patriarchal capitalist system we currently face. By interweaving my conflicting inner dialogues, I turn the unactionable nature of political theory on its head: this expansive structure puts the language to work.

Typefaces: Anthony by Sun Young Oh, Avara bold italic by Lucas Le Bihan, Spectral by Jean-Baptiste Levee 
Speedball screenprinting ink on twenty-four 12x12 inch MDF board pieces
Video (8:06)

Photos and video: Erin Crawford