{Decreation}

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Today, I went to Alfred University in order to attend the {Decreation}, MFA level, art exhibition. It was held in Fosdick-Nelson Gallery located in Alfred New York on the Alfred University’s campus. This showcase was actually a collaboration done by two students, Colleen Marie and Erin Ethridge. They actually work together quite frequently and when combined the collaborative consciousness in known as Thorn. There were no names for each piece in the show as an individual.

The exhibition was actually quite fun to attend. It almost felt as if there was a game of clue happening or like we, as the spectators, were trying to solve a puzzle. Thorn was actually trying to question our ideas of  a shared or composite identity, memory and body.

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In the exhibition statement, Thorn talks about how they take their own dynamic relationship and view it as a subject or even a tool. They go on and say, “As friends, roommates, and collaborators, we influence and reflect each other consistently. By examining and at times manipulating our relationship, we hope to explore archetypal duos (sisters, lovers, doppelgängers, etc.), reclaiming and reimagining conventional notions of love.” This really stuck out to me. It is very important to be able to collaborate and work with others in the art industry. Not only should you be able to work with others, but you should be able to effectively communicate and flow together to create new and better ideas. glob.jpg

Decreation is a term that was coined by a French philosopher by the name of Simone Weil, who  described is as “undo[ing] the creature in us.” She is known as a Christian mystic and her aim in the long run was to merge eternally with God. She believed that the only way to accomplish this was to first abolish ones self. Decreation is defined as “the reversal of the formation of something from nothing. ” It can also be defined as “the formation of nothing from something.” According to Thorn, “the crucial difference between an act of destruction and one of decreation is the notion of nothingness, either as beginning or end point.” Reading this, honestly, made me feel at ease. This is because, when I got there, before I read the exhibition statement, I was literally trying to go through and read all the writing on the floor and analyze everything to try to figure out what the meaning was. To me that was the whole point of the showcase, to try to figure out something when it never really meant anything in the first place.

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