Identity depends not only on values and interdependence, but other influences such as time, spirituality, human motivation, social identity, and drive. Unfortunately social conditioning contributes to society in a way that buries this individuality. ETHEREAL I.D. features the work of artists that are breaking this cycle by sharing their identities and experiences through art that is both relatable and unique, exploring fundamental beliefs that invite the viewer to ponder their true identity through the work.
Thecla Campbell’s Cement Bride is a symbol of her identity as a married woman. The sculpture is presented as an unfinished puzzle, which addresses the forming of identity after marriage. Stephanie A. Edwards explores identity from different phases of life. One of her pieces, i.could.be.anything. reflects on a child’s point of view, while another Lostcall, explores the loss of the modern self and attempts to find a link to thepast and identity through ancestry.
Matt Floriani uses skateboards to present two separate entities whose existence and connection are part of the human experience. Mother Nurture is associated with a stay-at-home mother, while Craig embodies the child we once were. Lauren Frazier and Matt Floriani collaborate toinvestigate individual existence and its relation to the universe. Bar I and Bar II collectively address the need for autonomy and a fluid relationship with society.
Allyson Gumerman uses photography to present luminous cityscapes that portray the relationship between landscape, partnership, and identity. Devin Johnson’s Child of the Moonexamines a woman’s ability for empathy devoid of any hyper masculine stance. False Idol reintroduces the iconic image of King Tut by striping the mask of its gold finery, and demonstrating how wisdom is greater than any earthly possession.
Quinton McKee’s Devil in the Detail is influenced by commercialized themes intertwined with his own style of drawing. Victor Rivas explores self-identification through the body. His piece, Electronic Identity, deals with elements of technology and human evolution, and calls into question how society has accepted and participated in the full immersion of technology. Kelly Thomas’ glass pieces are inspired by her love of the Monterey Bay. Sardines and Octopus collectively represent people working together, the ability to move forward, and the creation of something bigger when all parties contribute.