Exhibit – 'A Spectacle Notion'
"A Spectacle Notion" is a show by Erin DiGiovanni and Marina Shaltout. "A spectacle notion" is the idea that something has qualities worth showcasing – odd, absurd, abnormal, or other. DiGiovanni and Shaltout use this term with ironic sentiment to speak about their past, traumas, and individual experiences. Some of these narratives are based on a single moment while others encompass overlapping recollections. The artists respond by way of fragmentation, narrative collage and image manipulation. Although their studio practices involve very different processes, these two artists share an interest in rescripting personal experiences.
Shaltout's video installations are based on real experiences of her female family members while also referencing cinematic tropes of women throughout horror films. She showcases moments of destruction in order to validate all that is antithetic to female composure – erraticism, rage, mania, passion, and lunacy.
As a byproduct of loss, questions surrounding intimacy, relationships, and gender roles fuel DiGiovanni's research. She studies, draws, and alters form and color within the familiar. This, in turn, creates new narratives for the domestic objects and spaces, which so often evoke dormant sentiments.
Shaltout is a multimedia artist who combines sculpture and installation processes with video and performance. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois with an emphasis in metalsmithing. Shaltout has exhibited work in eight states as well as Japan and Iceland and has completed artist residencies in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland. She is currently working towards her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona.
DiGiovanni, who received her Bachelor of Art in visual arts from Northern Illinois University, is a second year Master of Fine Arts student in the 2D division. Her work primarily incorporates aspects from printmaking and drawing processes. While pursuing her degree at the University of Arizona, she instructs First Year Experience: Surface and has been a graduate assistant for multiple classes through the School of Theatre, Film and Television. Along with her academic and professional interests, Erin enjoys running and hiking the Arizona trails with her two dogs.
A reception will be held on Feb. 6 from 2-4 p.m.