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Drea DiCarlo

Studio Resident (2019-2020)

Statement of Work

I am interested in the way that images function as signs that inform our understanding of our world. Each image has layers of meaning—the literal, the personal, the cultural—and in combination with various contexts imposed on them, different meanings can occur; the image becomes a hieroglyph. In a practical sense though, these signs become abbreviations for complex social and personal mythologies. I am interested in the history of these images and the way that they have affected and do affect real people. I look to the way that queer and non-white bodies have been codified through controlling images—the way these bodies are stereotyped and assigned characteristics—and how that it has affected the dominant culture’s narrative of The Other in American consciousness.

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Each image has layers of meaning—the literal, the personal, the cultural—and in combination with various contexts imposed on them, different meanings can occur; the image becomes a hieroglyph.

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