Reid’s Artist Statement

I address entertainment value in my artworks; abiding by the code: to be very serious about being silly. To that end, humor and earnestness are central. I engage in themes heavily influenced by the unexpected nature of improvisational comedy, and grassroots music. The act of improvising readily reflects the unknowingness of being human. My focus as an interdisciplinary artist stems from that same, shared unknown. A personal narrative is present by superimposing red hair on the subjects, and I superimpose the viewer into the work through their participation. Using pre-manufactured objects, as a structure to improvise around, my paintings, performances, sculptures, and installations are composed to keep the maker and viewer on their toes.

As my launching point, I have constructed a personal narrative that focuses on my

identity as a redhead and channels my childhood obsession with Elvis Presley. I subscribe to redhead as a faux social unit, and the adoptable Elvis Presley persona captures my attention as it engages with themes of kitsch and commodity culture, entertainment and ego. Primarily functioning as sculpture, it is the installation element that brings a unique relationship of engagement and control over the viewer ranging from use of mirrors, peepholes, and crowd control stanchions. These materials serve as a control that shifts my personal narrative and becomes the focus of audience reception as they decode the work.

My work looks to develop expansive, yet specific, portals to other worlds. This will be achieved through variant contained, intimate works that capture the viewer as a voyeur, as well as immersive installations that place the viewer directly in that world. I can make a viewer feel anxious by not delivering an expected outcome, happy by singing to them, out of body with the illusion of removing their body, or confused by the combination of these experiences.

 

Work

 

Pony

Mixed Media

2017


It’s You I Like

Mixed Media

2017


Tower

Mixed Media

2017


Lizard King

Mixed Media

2017

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