My work is the result of a long process of material manipulation usually within the disciplines of either sculpture or installation. For the past two years I have explored the effects of nail polish on acrylic plastic, discovering a violent and beautiful chemical reaction between the two. When applied to acrylite, nail polish causes multi-faceted hairline fractures.
My interest in plastic acrylite and nail polish was initiated by an attraction to synthetic and gender geared products, which I use to explore the relationship between the organic and the synthetic. Between 2004 and 2005 I completed a series of works entitled Systems. Biological diagrams inspired the composition of these works. The intent of the Systems series was to raise questions regarding technological advancements in bioengineering and its fashionable link to female anatomy. The application of nail polish, usually taking place on the exterior, was reversed and applied to the interior, bridging a link between our inner psychology and outer presentation.
My new work has evolved, as have my ponderings of bioengineering and genetic technology. Coalesce offers a more celebratory glimpse into a seemingly organic place that is comprised of gender geared and synthetic materials including acrylic spheres, other plastics and nail polish. A novel landscape emerges from these materials, giving the viewer a futuristic experience.
I will continue manipulating materials and exploring the relationship between the organic and synthetic in future works. My interest in technological advancements in bioengineering and its effects on specific populations and cultures will also continue to be a topic in my work.
- Terra Goolsby, 2006