Snake Oil in Logia Artist Statement

Snake oil in Logia is a meditation on gaze, apathy, vice, and the experience of homelessness via garbage and discarded personal items.

 

When walking it is common practice to avert one's eyes from those of a homeless person. It’s a subconscious and passive habit. On an individual level the action is harmless. Why call it into question?

 

To refuse one’s gaze is to refuse one’s attention. The ubiquity of this gesture enables the population to curate it’s worldview in real time. It’s a physical expression of denial. These works hope to invert this gesture and foster empathy by enticing the eye with high chroma, repetitive patterns, playful brush strokes and narrative mystery.

 

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© Gabby Metzler 2019