Paris F. Jomadiao (MFA 2018)
My work is an attempt to unpack the complexity of embodied experiences by examining the forces that affect how we navigate, perceive, or situate ourselves within the world. As a maker, my practice is driven by tactile and immersive processes rooted in craft on the basis that intuitively making is another method of critically thinking.
I utilize object making as a way to give form to and process feelings of vulnerability, confronting issues regarding dislocation & diaspora, hybridity, family, individual & collective memory, and shifting ideas of home. Within this framework, I draw upon materiality as a conduit for intimacy and further meaning.
Through the repetition that often accompanies the work of the hand, I create accumulative compositions within site installation, allowing for contemplation, catharsis, and the slowing down of time. This serves as a way to engage in the politics of occupying, claiming, or reclaiming space in order to challenge oppressive power structures and existing status quos.