I use video, performance, 3d animation, fibers, and drawing to explore themes of memory, desire, ritual, and heroism. A primary resource I am currently examining and utilizing are my mother’s drawings and music recordings. My mother’s battle with schizophrenia has influenced her to create songs of desire and thousands of schematic drawings/inventions influenced by consumer culture, medicine, fashion, surrealism, math, sex, astrology, philosophy, and matrilineal concerns. The drawings are mostly common objects and luxury products found in the domestic sphere. I am synthesizing her drawings with 3D animation, video, painting, performance and my drawing practice. My body and art facility as an extension/interpretation of my mothers voice and drawings is an attempt to examine queer phenomenology and push the tensions created during translation and inheritance of studio practice.
The Reifying Desire series is a surrealist narrative and creation myth. The title stems from my ongoing creative collaboration with my mother’s drawings and how they demonstrate desire. Reifying Desire 1 – 6 will use 230 3D modeled renderings of my mothers’ drawings, my body, and animated figures to map out a queer creation myth that begins as a virtual phallic tower and gradually ends up in real space. The narration is loose, and almost acts as an exquisite corpse between CG technology, video, drawing, and performance.
Following earning a MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, Jacolby Satterwhite relocated to New York City where he lives and works. His multi-media works have been exhibited throughout the country, at such venues as The Kitchen, Dash Gallery, White Box Gallery, Exit Art, and the New Museum, all in New York; Plexus Art Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky; Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ; and others. He has been awarded residencies at the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in 2009, a Harvest Work Residency from 2010-2011, and a Van Lier Grant from the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Studio LLC program.