Jeremy R. Brooks
MFA Thesis Report / Manifesto
2007
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…and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. 11

HAUNTING

"Let us consider a different way of seeing: one that is less mechanical, more willing to be surprised, one that is more attuned to the task of conjuring up the appearances of something that (is) absent."

Avery F. Gordon. Ghostly Matters. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004: 24.

"The ghost or the apparition is one form by which something lost, or barely visible, or seemingly not there to our supposedly well-trained eyes, makes itself known or apparent to us, in its own way, of course. The way of the ghost is haunting, and haunting is a very particular way of knowing what has happened or is happening. Being haunted draws us affectively, sometimes against our will and always a bit magically, into the structure of feeling of a reality we come to experience, not as cold knowledge, but as a transformative recognition."

Avery F. Gordon. Ghostly Matters. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004: 8.

FIGURE 4.0: FORM – FORM

Materials: Image of a cast interior of a slip-cast figurine, the presence of SOMETHING seemingly fitting (confabulated gap).

What matters to me is establishing a cognitive equivalency between the work at the origins of a process and the viewer’s experience with the final, presented subject. The dialogue that emerges beyond this juncture is a trajectory of thought that is often difficult to categorize by virtue of its unruliness (i.e. assigning names to shapes in the clouds or shadows on the wall). I find this path, however, to be the most engaging venture of the work. For me, the work is not about an accurate resolution of objects or ideas; what matters is not what the viewer sees by nature of this method but, rather, what they think they see.

– IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT WE SEE, BUT RATHER WHAT WE THINK WE SEE. STAGED OR SIMULATED, IT REVEALS A COMPELLING STORY. –
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