Morgan Wedderspoon incorporates image and text-based themes
A constant draw to visual art is the aspect of interpretation—when the artist’s vision and the viewer’s combine and a unique realization occurs. Give Up and Party is the newest exhibit at the SNAP Gallery and it aims to not only generate conversations on a surface level but allows viewers the opportunity to visually dissect the images displayed.
Morgan Wedderspoon has been working on this exhibit for the last year and has put a generous amount of time and effort into bringing her vision to life. The exhibit itself is a mixture of image and text-based art with objects that incorporate everyday themes of decay and environmental entropy. When it came to the process of acquiring items needed for the exhibit, Wedderspoon had no trouble as the majority of objects were found in her travels. Items such as animal bones, plastics and broken glass all meld into her work.
“Most of them are broken pieces of what they used to be,” says Wedderspoon.
The exhibit draws heavy inspiration from Margaret Atwood’s Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, where numerous themes of a theological nature are explored. By combining aspects of the source material and her own visual flare Wedderspoon has created art in which the nature of the world is reflected. By splicing accumulated texts and her own personal writings into her work she aims to provide a layered experience and add to the commentary of the state of the planet.
“These objects are part of the background of daily life. It’s a kind of background information much like how the world looks at climate change, as background information,” says Wedderspoon.
The title of the exhibit itself is as open for interpretation as is the work. Wedderspoon toyed with themes like futility and the noncommittal tendencies of modern society.
“There’s a double meaning in it. Give up and Party, it’s like the idea of giving up to allow room for a different way of life,” says Wedderspoon.
With this in mind she hopes to encourage reflection on the nature of how we as a society got to a certain point in terms of how we treat the planet. Wedderspoon drew from the theme of lack of foresight from Atwood’s source material and it plays heavily in the thematic nature of the exhibit.
With the artist’s vision on broad display and borrowed themes from outside texts, Give Up and Party will surely stimulate audience’s interpretive understanding of how they view the world.
When asked about what she hopes attendees will take away from her work, Wedderspoon remains open-ended.
“People will look at the objects and have their own ideas different from mine of what it represents. I believe art should have room for subjective connections.”
Fri., Aug. 11 – Sat., Sept. 9
Give Up and Party