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The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the M├ętis Nation. More

The Essentialists Exhibition

Artwork Gallery

Sculpted armless figure, side profile
Sculpted armless figure, side profile
Sculpted armless figure, back view
Close up view of sculpted armless figure
Close up view of sculpted armless figure
Close up view of sculpted armless figure

Artist Statement

Artist Name: Andria Keen

Title: Sacrificial Values

Medium: Wax, sawdust and remnants of rotted pressure treated wood from an old deck

Size/Dimension: 13 inches H, 6 inches D and 3.5 inches W

Year: 2020

 

Sacrificial Values

Brief upon this landscape, 

we are undeniably powerful in our trespassing 

we have ravaged mercilessly in our narcissism,

trade in platitudes, numbing nerves upon mass lies. 

We dither our understanding. 

We rise and fall as we watch others rise and fall 

waves crescendo mute against a capitalist facade. 

Ouroboros. 

We need a David or maybe an Alexandria

to move within its core, 

expose rusted cogs crushing us in their corruption. 

We need 

to reframe ourselves in deep time, 

rebuild as we dismantle,

reconstruct and reformulate in sacrificial aesthetics

organic and Gaudi, 

abject yet objectively just, 

to ends, not our own…