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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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