Chauncey Secrist


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Chauncey Secrist

mixed media

Through the use of a variety of media, most of my work explores universal emotional states and experiences, such as birth, death, suffering, longing, love, loss, or entropy. My interest in these ideas is as a means to relate and connect to other people through shared emotional responses to the world around us. Therefore, I do not seek to analyze any state of being. I offer no solutions or means to deal with these states, unless the simple act of art making might be considered as such. Rather, I offer only empathy and some degree of understanding in shared experience. I work primarily in collage and assemblage because the objects that I use already have stories built into them. I appropriate the object, allow its history and story to continue as a part of the work, and build from that using my own narrative and symbols, before placing it in public view for the audience to interpret and add their own piece to the narrative.