MFA Graduate Project Exhibition
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, April 26, 4pm
Portland, OR 97201
Gallery House: Monday-Friday, 12-4pm
Free and open to the public
In Bowed by the Wait of It All, Kayley Berezney responds to her experience living with metastatic breast cancer. The artist explores her physically changing and exhausted body. She uses materials in excess such as containers, rope, styrofoam and lumber combined with plaster, a substance that goes through a transformation from dust to liquid to solid and back to dust. Berezney's recent work shows a fascination in the complexities of cause and effect. A body undergoing treatment is simultaneously repairing and damaging itself. By looking at changes in the body as physical manifestations of experience, the artist creates sculptural objects exhibiting impermanence.
As a sculptor, Berezney is concerned with the anti-monumental tradition of creating precarious and unwieldy forms that have been poured, squeezed, fragmented and submerged. Every material participates in a sensuous and tactile process. Bowed by the Wait of It All speaks to the difficulty containing and preserving a form that is ever changing. The frustration of obtaining balance within unpredictable circumstances is potent in the work; it is an inquiry into one's own mortality. Berezney's sculptural work holds on the impression of feeling alien to your body and self while exploring the material sum of its parts.