Through the work of Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design students and alumni, Slow Drip Loud Echo, curated by EC Flamming, considers the different strategies and potentials of creating work centered around family. Working in photography, film, installation, and painting, five artists explore the ways in which one’s own family archive and history can become a space of reflection, expansion, destruction, and creation.
Inherently relatable but deeply personal, family exists as a rich and fertile space for exploring individual identity. Many of these artists look to their own family archives to present new ways of story-telling, while others engage in the practice of re-enactment to process past events and narratives. The exhibition acts as a place of engagement with the conflicting, wide-ranging emotions that come with explorations of family. Trauma and joy, loss and redemption, and regret and nostalgia are all present. Slow Drip Loud Echo refers to the ways in which our own family histories and experiences can have profound effects that reverberate and influence our sense of the world, even as time expands behind us. By blending family history and memory until the past and the present begin to blur, we—collectively, individually, communally—may discover more than we bargained for.
There will be an opening reception for Slow Drip Loud Echo on Thursday, May 25, from 5 – 7pm at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Galleries, at Georgia State University. The exhibition will run through August 25.