Artist Statement – Layers Of The Self

Artifact image two, from performance: age 23. 1989; Photographed by F. Spendlove; framed machine print

Artifact image two, from performance: age 23. 1989; Photographed by F. Spendlove; framed machine print

Artifact image one, from performance: age 23. Photographed by F. Spendlove; 1989; framed machine print

Artifact image one, from performance: age 23. Photographed by F. Spendlove; 1989; framed machine print

 

I invite an art viewing audience into some of my private spheres.

I view the self as a sort of layers of concentric spheres, like a nesting doll, or an onion.

 

Layers of the self:

 

the core being

the physical being

the emotional states

the mental thoughts

the familial bonds

the clothing (undergarments, outer garments, adornment)

the domestic environment

the residential interior

circle of friends

the residential exterior

circle of co-workers / colleagues

private transportation

the semi-public built environment (work spaces, apartment hallways, etc.)

the semi-public virtual environment

commercial spaces

public environments

the Natural world

the Universe

 

The creative works (music, written word, images) may fall in between many of the various layers, depending on the state of the creator and / or the receiver.

Intimacy is a way of describing the degrees to which we  connect with another person along this continuum.

Societies are human groups which are in relation to /  have power over these layers. There are also circles or layers within societies.

When time and space are taken into consideration, the layers of the self stretch and bend; perhaps taking the shape of a tree.