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Tonya Corkey


2012, Lint on canvas, 42"w x 60"h

My work investigates an unavoidable aspect of human nature: the desire to seek memories. Sharon investigates the role of a photograph in memory and its loss over time. I hybridize the discarded material of lint with another cast-off: the iconic school photograph. These materials layer the work conceptually to reflect the idea of a decaying memory. Lint is a by-product of people and their daily activities, consisting of fibers, hair, dead skin and other debris. The viewer’s mind fills in the blank spaces of raw canvas—described through the key features of eyes, mouth and hair—in the same way a photograph would.

Tonya Corkey - Sharon

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Due to the building guidelines that are in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to install a new art exhibit in our Farmington Hills, Michigan and Fort Worth, Texas offices.

Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.