What does history have to tell about the current world and what the future beholds? The artists revisit the past with a comparative lens to today's society, in hopes to find answers for the betterment of human kind.
Artists Susan Connell, Geneva Costa, and Amy Hill encourage the audience to analyze and question the standards set by contemporary society. Using history as a tool, these works allow viewers to recognize past patterns humans have developed. Susan Connell channels social habits and the collective unconscious through her intuitive process of creating her work. Through this, she is able to show humanity for what it is- tragic, yet hopeful. Combining the current political climate, religious themes, and history, Geneva Costa creates a stark reality about today's society. The past is not so different than the present; people are still trying to solve the same issues that were present years ago, the only difference is the context these issues are placed in. Amy Hill contemplates traditional notions of beauty and status with the contemporary. Drawing inspiration from 15th century Flemish renaissance portraiture and present day subjects brings attention to the similarities and differences between the past and present. Analyzing these works allows the viewer to draw their own contemplations about the world, with the hope that it can be a better place.