§üb∫amsøñ is proud to present a solo exhibition with artist Alyse Stuck who creates work in performance art, sculpture, printmaking and photography. Stuck is a recent graduate from NESAD at Suffolk University.
In a meditative state, Stuck explores her body via blind continuous lines. Her body is both the subject and the tool she uses to make her work. Without the visual aid of a model, drawing the female figure becomes a method of examining her body merely by the memory of both sight and touch. Her practice includes cloaking the figure in a camouflage of overlapping contour lines and photographing it in a starkly lit window or hidden in a mass of thorny brambles.
While her performance work may touch on ideas of feminist, body image, social conformity and visual language, her practice exceeds the above by entering an almost innocent yet very aware and examined state of flow where the only track of time is the recorded line making on the wall or out in nature. Her sculptural work serves as examinations and inquires of her body presented as their own entity, and her photographic work as nostalgic memories from a lost time that never happened. Her work makes one want to come very close to examine the body with her, hold her hand as she writes the memories on gallery walls mimicking the soft lines of her skin, in one continuous line marking the passing of time. She is inspired and has been studying the work and performances of Janine Antoni and Francesca Woodman.
Stuck writes “ The different environments indoor allow me to think about ideas like intimacy, vulnerability and power. No matter what environment I choose to place myself in, my overarching desire is to create self-portraits that connect me to wherever I am. While the female body is a lightening rod for competing agendas, I see my work as responding to both my desire to know myself fully and to communicate the sense of joy I feel in immersing myself in the creative act”.
The performative aspect of her practice allows her to relinquish control, going back to a childlike state. Two performances will be held at §üb∫amsøñ during SoWa first fridays on Sept 11th and Oct 2nd from 6-8pm.