An Acquired Taste is a series of life-sized drawings situated within a space of desire, depicting me cannibalizing my professors. The inherently erotic nature of the teacher and student relationship—a relationship alternating between dominance and submission—manifests itself into an aggressive action. By consuming the flesh of my professors I am attempting to endow myself with their characteristics: intelligence, influence, and stature. Similarly, as a student I absorb the knowledge presented by my professors in order to one day replace them. Even though it is violent, this yearning to take in another is an act of love.
The objects themselves—the graphite drawings on paper—are facilitators of that love. They are carefully drawn in the hope of expressing my state of reverence, of adoration, but purposely go to the extreme betraying my obsession. My pencil marks the paper in the same manner as a lover’s hand strokes a beloved’s cheek. These objects are created in the hope of bringing a relationship into actuality, but instead serve as a marker of absence. They are holes into which time, energy, and imagination are dumped. These drawings are nothing more then a constructed fantasy serving as a distraction from reality.
- Part of the undergraduate honors thesis show, I hope we can still be friends, in the University Art Gallery at UCI - 2015