Taking its roots in psychoanalytical theories and their development, my work is concerned with the relationship between subject and object. It questions the validity of the aforementioned binary perceptions and invites for new ways of looking at that relationship. It emerges through the tension between the desire to order the chaos of the unconscious and the persistent failure to do so. The continual realization of conflict and internal split as a universal human condition calls for finding ways of understanding and managing it. The notion of repetition, serving both as a method and a residue of the desire to know and transcend that rupture, is imperative to my practice. In various modes, it informs my approach to structural and three-dimensional form and methodology for performance creation and execution. Each medium allows exploring the aspect of the whole, together leading towards creating a full circle of inquiry. Engaged with the notions of personal and collective memory and trauma, repetition as a concept and a method  seeps into the way I set up conditions for creating work; allowing me to then  empirically explore the effects of repetition and its implications. In this constant battle between doubt and clarity, contraction and expansion, I set up conditions when the repetitive action equalizes, grinds down and ultimately facilitates a direct dialogue with the work and the process of making. 

 

 Within my painting practice the unordered and ordered battle with each other; the habitual qualities of material are being subverted, transformed and sculpted to a new undecipherable state. Performance and video are an opportunity to explore direct issues using the body and video as mediums. They are enabling me to explore ideas in an externalized and dynamic, immediate way, allowing for corporeal exploration of bodies existing in space: expressing the totality of human experience. Creating sculptural environments is a way to engage with space directly. The notions of repetition are coming to play with the transformational power of expanding small gestures and marks into larger organized structures.

 © 2020 by Minna Etein 

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