A Collection of Compartmentalization: A visual representation of the stages one go goes through when they compartmentalize their emotions.

Ian Doyle
Oct 15, 2014 8:26PM

This exhibition will be titled “A Collection of Compartmentalization”, it is a visual representation of the stages one goes through when they compartmentalize their emotions. We chose this  concept because we both relate to the practice of compartmentalization. However, we both deal  with it in different ways. We also chose this concept because speaking about our issues of pent up feelings, is catharsis. In fact, this whole curation is an act of catharsis. The visuals collected will reflect these feelings being managed in an orderly fashion; or the explosive results that occur when one bottles up their feelings. They will also be organized in three stages. The techniques and mediums used directly resemble the person’s emotions during these stages. In the first stage, a person feels the initial relief when they bottle up the emotions they have at  hand. There is a sense of calm and safety. The pieces chosen for this section all have some element of containment. They all give off a healthy, light glow. This glow is representative of the initial calm before the storm, the weight being lifted off one’s shoulders. The second stage represents the beginnings of uneasiness and anxiety. There is a decline in the strength and structural integrity of one’s emotions. This is the stage where one realizes that they are in an irreparable situation. They are trapped, the only way to resolve this problem is to release the emotions that have been pent up. The pieces in this section are all busting at the seems, emotions start to bleed out of the once protective forms. Colors are bleeding, lines are bending, and forms are stretching. The illusion of stability is now quite visibly fading. There is extreme vulnerability coming to the surface. The third section contains pieces that represent the rupture of hidden emotions. They reflect the aftermath of someone breaking down from pent up emotions. Forms are imploding and exploding, leaving “open wounds” within the art. These “wounds” represent the fragile condition one is in after experiencing a breakdown of emotions. 

Each of the three stages has a piece that represents that stage as a whole. “Untitled” by Robert Irwin embodies the first stage of compartmentalization. The line is contained in a calm environment, the colors and gradients provide a sense of tranquility. “Double White Loukoum” by Christophe Côme represents the second stage. The form is created out of polished crystal but appears to look like gelatinous cube. This texture evokes feelings of unease and queasiness. The viewer starts to visually see the decline of emotional composure. “Unique Crinkled Sculptural Vessel” by Jeff Zimmerman is the epitome of the third stage of compartmentalization. The piece is collapsing on itself, it is semi-transparent, all of its flaws are exposed as it implodes. While each stage is different, the pieces all have similarities in form, color and medium. These similarities help bring the pieces together as an exhibition. We want viewers to be able to experience compartmentalization and reflect on their emotions.

Ian Doyle
Get the Artsy app
Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play
Jenna Gribbon, Luncheon on the grass, a recurring dream, 2020. Jenna Gribbon, April studio, parting glance, 2021. Jenna Gribbon, Silver Tongue, 2019