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After/Birth: Rachel Ciolfi & Kadiejra O’Neal

After/Birth
Rachel Ciolfi & Kadiejra O’Neal

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 4th, 2018 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition Run: Thursday, October 4th, 2018 – Saturday, October 27th, 2018

After/Birth is returning to the point of origin to access something that’s already gone; to understand where it has come from, where it is going, if and where it ends. In their respective pieces, Ciolfi and O’Neal use their bodies as a means of understanding, in an intimate sense… their creation.

In her piece, Gestation Period, O’Neal explores a return to her birth, inserting herself into her mother’s position as a young girl, being thrust into the woes of parenthood. It is through this process that the artist attempts to piece together the factors in her life that contributed to or influenced her birth and their relationship thereafter.

This process of transference is echoed in Ciolfi’s piece, Failure to Preserve, as the artist returns to her body in a cyclical attempt to preserve its likeness using plaster and wax. In her piece, Ciolfi demonstrates the human need for memorialization, how when one thing is created, another dies, and that these two forces create an infinite cycle of death and rebirth. She explores our need to access what is gone through what remains.