Deann Boyle (°1992, Chicago, United States) creates mixed media
artworks and mixed media artworks. By demonstrating the omnipresent
lingering of a ‘corporate world’, her mixed media artworks
references post-colonial theory as well as the avant-garde or the
post-modern and the left-wing democratic movement as a form of
resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system.
Her mixed media artworks are often classified as part of the new
romantic movement because of the desire for the local in the unfolding
globalized world. However, this reference is not intentional, as this
kind of art is part of the collective memory. By referencing
romanticism, grand-guignolesque black humour and symbolism, she tries
to focus on the activity of presenting. The character, shape or
content of the presented artwork is secondary. The essential things
are the momentary and the intention of presenting.
Her works are presented with the aim not to provide an idealistic view
but to identify where light and the environment are important. The
energy of a place and its emotional and spiritual vibrations are
always important. By replaying the work for each exhibition and
pushing the evocative power of the work a little further, she creates
work through labour-intensive processes which can be seen explicitly
as a personal exorcism ritual. They are inspired by a
nineteenth-century tradition of works, in which an ideal of
‘Fulfilled Absence’ was seen as the pinnacle.
Her works demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective
limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural
interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. It
challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and
Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves.