Student Exhibition: Sky Dai's It's My Birthday, I Can Cry if I Want To
On view: Feb. 27–March 9, 2019
Reception: March 7 | 6–8:30 p.m.
It's My Birthday, I Can Cry if I Want To features paintings and ceramic works by Columbus College of Art & Design student Sky Dai (formerly known as Katy Daiber) (Fine Arts, 2019). The show runs Feb. 27 through March 9, with a reception on March 7 at 6 p.m. at CCAD's Acock Gallery.
A raw egg hanging from a tree branch or a playground surrounded by caution cones, my art personifies domestic space to represent the erasure of the childhood home I fled from. Inspired by how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder causes the brain to reassemble memory through intrusive flashbacks and nightmares, I collect memory fragments as paintings, ceramic sculpture, performance, and poetry. The absence of the figure is represented by what is left behind: a rocking chair, a clothesline, or a ceramic sculpture of a plastic razor. By deconstructing these fragments of the past, I can solidify memory, resulting in a trauma narrative that is contained within the dimensions of a drawing.