CoCA is honored to present Harriet Sanderson’s mixed media prints and sculptural installation which embrace the idea that the physical body is the architect of experience and identity. Sanderson has lectured and exhibited sculpture and printmaking within civil rights frameworks around the country. Conceptually, her work unabashedly explores how chronic illness, aging, and disability complicates self-identity. With a background in traditional printmaking, her digital images are constructed in much the same way–she layers scans of her own skin, previous work, and mattress pads, then draws on the surface with pen and ink. Her fragments of photographs, irregular marks and torn pieces of paper combine to create art that transcends cultural stigmas and highlights a proclivity towards beauty, fun and expressive play.
Symptomatic is an exploration of the isolation of the human condition and the alienation engendered by modern society, but also provides artworks that creatively represent a greater empathy for a global civilization and expanding human consciousness.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website