Brian James Spies

Artist Statement

My work utilizes a multidisciplinary approach that through formal interplay and use of metaphor seeks to explore the dynamic experiences of our identity(ies), both collective and individual. One of the functions of social institutions is to rob us of our multidimensionality and our ability to self define the terms of our own agency. In all their forms, social institutions (prisons, schools, government, family, community) restrict our attempts to assert a more dynamic sense of identity. They pigeonhole us into one dimensional categories and stereotypes. My work seeks to liberate us from these constraints.
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