I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (2013)
A solo exhibition of collage-based work
November 5 - December 6, 2013
Klemm Gallery, Siena Heights University (Adrian, MI)
Stacia Yeapanis reveals the coexistence of anxiety and beauty in glossy magazines in "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." This solo exhibition will feature an impermanent collage installation conceived of and executed entirely onsite at Klemm Gallery over the course of three days. The show will also include past works from the series "Solace Studies" (2010-2012) and new works from the series "Specimens" (2013).
The images in advertisements and lifestyle articles are intended by their producers to create new desires and manipulate existing ones in consumers. Yeapanis cuts out, organizes and remixes the images, making do with what is offered and turning the act of consuming into one of creating. The resulting large-scale abstractions mimic organic forms, evoking both plant and animal characteristics: vines, barnacles, dripping water, as well as tufts of fur, scales and tails. Rather than permanently adhering the individual parts of the collages to each other, Yeapanis attaches them directly to the gallery wall with T-pins, referencing both the constructive process of quilting and the deconstructive process of dissection. The temporariness of the pinning echoes the ephemeral nature of desire and the tactics we use to satisfy it.