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J Carpenter, portfolio

J Carpenter

Sep 2008

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February 26, 2011
I render symbols of protection using three dimensional lace that I make by hand, sometimes with traditional thread, other times with industrial materials such as rope and steel. I do so in order to examine conventional ideals concerning home, safety, and security. The work juxtaposes perceived fragility of objects with subject matter representing protection. The sculptures reference ideals of safe spaces but do not provide physical shelter. I present viewers with this paradox to encourage them to consider their own views concerning security. The work asks: to what degree do conventional lifestyle choices keep us safe and at peace, and to what degree to they leave us exposed, even in danger? The theme of protection continues in my drawings and prints, which render symbols of protection as fragile objects. My goal is to convey a sense of challenged hope in these two dimensional works.

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