Daryl Thetford: Struggle to Evolve Before the End of Time - April 5th- June 28th
Man and Media 2, 2014, digital photo collage (more images)
We are bombarded with advertisements on billboards, cars, television, and even in
the sky. News, e-mail, weather updates, images of war, social networking pages, and
stories of loss, hunger, and natural and man-made disasters are delivered to our computers
and phones night and day; their arrivals are announced with a beep or chime. Stories
of hoarding and addictions—to food, spending, sex, money, and even other people—frighten
and fascinate us. But because we are unable to take in the whole picture at once,
we are forced to view the world in fragments, creating a sense of disarray and heightened
anxiety and confusion.
The nature of chaos inspires my work. Collage provides a
means to reflect and express the tension between our fragmented struggle for understanding
and simultaneously articulate the beauty that can emerge from disorder. My work challenges
the existing structures we use to cope with disarray, and suggests that, through a
studied and coherent reassembling of fragments, we can gain a more diverse and integrated
view of the world and ourselves.