My practice has its roots in dada, surrealist, and fluxus traditions. Pairing down multiple drawings, I create a time-based narrative out of a nonsensical intersection of text, object, and dance performance. I am interested in process as a meta-narrative – the narrative between a mother and son’s studio practices, the narrative between past, present, and future, and the narrative between mediums. My body and art facility as an interpretation of my mother’s voice and drawings act as an attempt to examine memory, insider and outsider art practices, contemporary surrealist practices, queer phenomenology and the tensions created during translation and inheritance of studio practice.
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. Synthesizing her drawings with 3D animation, video, painting, performance and my drawing practice, I create the Reifying Desire films, which are part surrealist narrative and creation myth. The narration is loose, using 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.
Jacolby Satterwhite (Columbia, SC) studied at the Maryland Institute College of the Arts, Skohegan School for Painting and Sculpture, and earned his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. He has been awarded numerous fellowships including the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship and was the grand prize winner for the Driven exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute’s S. Dillon Ripley Center. Solo exhibitions include the Hudson D. Walker Gallery (Provincetown, MA). Satterwhite has been featured in group exhibitions nationwide, including such venues as the Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX), MICA (Baltimore, MD), the White Box Gallery, The Kitchen, and the Rush Arts Gallery (NYC). His work has been featured in several publications, including the Smithsonian Magazine, Loop21, and Artnet Magazine, among 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. Satterwhite is represented by the Monya Rowe Gallery (NYC). Jacolby Satterwhite was an artist-in-residence at CPW in July and August of 2011.