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“Being is a becoming. And this becoming does not achieve stabilization even with death. Long after a given being has ceased to be physically in the world, it remains there, mnemonically ‘housed’ in all of the psyches that have ever affirmed it. In each of those psyches, it is not a coherent and stable entity, but a constellation of diverse and highly particularized sounds and images, caught up in a ceaseless process of flux and transformation." –Kaja Silverman

In her exhibition Lucia, Chelsea Couch presents images and objects that must find a way to exist. Expanding an experimental narrative structure into the form of an exhibition, the installation offers faceted insights on the embodied experience of an anonymous woman. The works collectively explore the fallacy of regarding an individual as a fixed, wholly encapsulated and knowable entity by drawing their inspiration from a collection of short stories—fictional yet uncannily mirroring the author's own traumas. This exploration of a woman through both truth and fiction mines her existence through an ontological lens, fascinated by her experiential, sensorial movement through space and time. Offering various sightlines, Lucia's truths remain unspoken yet they have been given a voice.

The installation collectively offers insights filtered through so many layers of interpretation and creation that their origin point has become nomadic and pixelated. There is a sense of place, imprints of objects that may have inhabited this person's life, and glimpses into both psychological and physical spaces she may have experienced. In gathering these potential imprints of Lucia's existence, we are presented with the option of engaging our own empathy through her speculative reality—one tinged with loneliness and a longing for emancipation.

January 16 - May 16, 2018
Roger W. Rogers Gallery

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2018
Interface (Oil)
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2018
Room for One
Lingerie, HydroStone, Motel Towel Rack
2018
Room for One
Lingerie, HydroStone, Motel Towel Rack
2018
that the house is never not on fire (indeterminacy)
Digital Print on Mylar, Black Marble, Disposable Cup, Polyurethane Resin, Cast Pewter Motel Soap
2018
that the house is never not on fire (indeterminacy)
Digital Print on Mylar, Black Marble, Disposable Cup, Polyurethane Resin, Cast Pewter Motel Soap
2018
that the house is never not on fire (indeterminacy)
Digital Print on Mylar, Black Marble, Disposable Cup, Polyurethane Resin, Cast Pewter Motel Soap
2018
B(l)ind
Video Still
2018
2018