FORGETTING LYRIC

Torey Akers

On view:

July 29 - September 10

Reception: Friday July 29, 2022 6:00-8:00 PM 

Artist Statement:

My current work updates the Victorian tradition of Lover's Eyes—achingly intimate but anonymous depictions of a beloved's face to be worn as brooches or hat ornaments—into pin-pricked relief sculptures that serve both as reliquaries and worry dolls, nodding to the post-digital condition of longing. I am invested in what it means to miss somebody in 2020, which procedures count as devotional, what reinterpretation looks like in the endless stream of visual flotsam we consume on a daily basis, and how all of those concerns square with the legacy of colonialism embedded in Romantic luxury items. These pieces reflect the de-territorialized experience of embodiment in all its messy, frustrating, and tyrannical iterations, side-stepping a press-release-approved relationship to love in favor of far murkier fare. I'm interested in tracking the relationship between love and mourning while creating new ways to excavate personal and political identity.

www.toreyakers.com