School 33 Art Center


Michelle Dickson: Our Life and Its Forgetting

11/14/2014 - 01/03/2015
Michelle Dickson: Our Life and Its Forgetting

School 33 Art Center is excited to announce “Our Life and Its Forgetting,” a sculptural exhibition by studio resident artist Michelle Dickson.  Works by Dickson are on display from Friday, November 14 through Saturday, January 3, 2015 in the Members Gallery.    An opening reception takes place Friday, November 14, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm. 

Present in 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”. 

Dickson’s additional pieces, 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 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.