Inside Looking In: Self Reflection

Inside Looking In: Self Reflection

Overall, on a personal level—a mundane, day to day level, quarantine has been not that hard. I have been here before. If, for just a moment, I allow myself to not feel the weight of responsibility for our collective mortality, I feel something familiar—that all I am doing and all I can do is survive this moment in time. The world seems to be spinning out from underneath our feet even faster now, and as we’ve gone inside I’ve turned inward to ask myself the same old questions. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

This collection of works explores themes of repetition, mundanity, change and death and how these things inform our selfhood and the questions we ask ourselves daily. When speaking about the process of creating the fluid, rubbery, organic piece Blatt, Lynda Benglis said “I realized that the idea of directing matter logically was absurd… Matter can and will take its own form.” Despite such unpredictable change during this quarantine season, so much regarding myself has taken a predictable form. Is this a good thing, is this a bad thing, or is this just what it is?

—Dylan Verdi

Works

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Artist Information

Henri Matisse
View of Collioure
1907
The Met

Frida Kahlo
My Grandparents, My Parents, and I (Family Tree)
1936
MOMA

Cindy Sherman
Untitled Film Still #10
1978
MOMA

Jenny Holzer
Living: Some days you wake up and immediately…
1980-82
MOMA


Eva Hesse
Repetition Nineteen III
1968
MOMA

Lynda Benglis
Blatt
1969
MOMA

Pieter Claesz
Still Life With a Skull and a Writing Quill
1628
The Met

Ana Mendieta
Silueta Muerta
1976
Guggenheim

Yayoi Kusama
Infinity Nets
1951
MOMA