Blake O'Brien

Region: MFA Annual

City / State: Bloomington, IN

Letters form words, which constitute our attempts to communicate with one another, to reify our existence. In my work, this attempt often manifests as these basic ingredients of language, similarly to the way an abstract painting manifests as the basic forms of visual perception (another attempt at communication). I wonder about why we, as a species, have the impulse to create. I wonder if it is an attempt to prove our reality to ourselves and others. I use historical imagery and formal elements that allude to moments within the full range of human artistic creation in order to point to the vast span of time during which we have felt an innate need to leave our individual mark; a reality depressing and, without contradiction, encouraging.