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SDAI 2018 ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM RETURNS TO ITS BALBOA PARK HOME

SDAI is pleased to welcome Flavia D’Urso as its first artist-in-residence for 2018. Flavia D’Urso completed her MFA at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA and earned her B.S. in Studio Art and Psychology from New York’s Skidmore College. She also created works during a residency at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.

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FLAVIA D'URSO

JUNE 1 - AUGUST 31, 2018

Artist Statement:

My work centers around investigations of how bodies move through, become, and unbecome in contemporary physical and emotional space. I grapple with the manifestations of the non-normative body, particularly queer female body, through object and image making; working in video, installation, and sculpture. In my studio, I create hybrid bodily forms to enact the potential of real and imagined spaces of growth, survival and becoming in a fragmented reality.

I work with bodily materials such as salt, bone meal, blood meal and horse hair contemporaneously with latex, ceramic, video displayed on monitors, building foam, or other materials to create bodies that act as complex assemblages that animate potential ways of being/becoming and also embrace the rich territory of failure, leakage, breakage and seams as inherently queer and feminized strategies of survival. I pull from queer, animal, and feminist theory and am also influenced by myth around hybrid creatures that can be appropriated and remade in a current context. The bodies I make are meant to be tricky and sticky. Something or someone that is both soft and bristly. Far away but gushing everywhere at your feet. The sensation of feeling your own body when looking at another body.

EXHIBITION OPENING AUGUST 15, 2018

OPEN FROM AUGUST 16-19, 2018

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