“Your face, like a lone nocturnal garden in Worlds where Suns spin round!” is a body of work that comes together as a simulated garden. This work intends to examine a pervasive preoccupation with replacing nature with fabricated versions of it as well as delving into ideas of digital and technological reproduction. By definition, the garden — complete with its natural components — is a construction made for our own pleasure and consumption. The title for this exhibition is taken from Jean Genet’s novel Our Lady of the Flowers a passage in which he is referring to a fictional lover. In Genet’s quote, the character — Genet himself — is fantasizing about a man with whom he has never had any real contact. He fictionalizes a relationship that seems to draw up emotions that are as intense if not more intense than if the relationship was actual. For this project, I hope to translate the feelings of wonder and awe that Genet relates in this one sentence into my fictional garden.
– Susy Oliveira, Artist Statement 2009
– Opening Reception: Friday 12 March 7PM
– Artist Talk | Saturday 13 March, 3PM
– Workshop: Guerilla Gardening 101 | Saturday 10 April 2010, 3PM