The Island

March, 2009

The Island (Sound Piece)

The Island is a reconstruction of a poignant memory shared between my father and myself. Through the use of sculpture, yarn, performance, and sound, I’ve created a cross section of memory, identity, secrecy, and the father-son bond. In each of us lies a sea of memory; sometimes turbulent, sometimes placid, but ever present, with each moment gone by, an island in time. The past becomes a caricature of itself, stylized and fuzzy. There is no accurate representation in the realm of memory, only subjective approximations. And through the lens of hindsight, what looks like paradise can mask hidden truths. What do we make of our memories in the end? When you leave the island behind, do you sink or swim?

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About Ben Cuevas

Ben Cuevas is a Los Angeles based interdisciplinary artist whose work spans a wide range of mediums including installation, sculpture, fiber, photography, video, performance, and sound. Often incorporating several of these elements into any given piece, he makes use of digital media as a means of documentation. In light of its pluralistic qualities, he sees his work as a reflection on the condition of embodiment, exploring what it means to have a body, to inhabit a body, to be a body incarnated in, and interacting with this world.

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