Dayna Thacker at Barbara Archer

Barbara Archer Gallery presents new works on paper by Atlanta artist Dayna Thacker. This exhibition was made possible in part by the Fulton County Arts Council through a Fellowship Award to the Hambidge Creative Residency Program.

This exhibition will remain on view until July 31st.

Dayna Thacker at Barbara Archer

Dayna Thacker on the Pivots of Moment and the Structure of Accumulation:

This show is a continuation of my longstanding interest in how our inner and outer selves interact, and how each informs and affects the other: physical & spiritual, logical & intuitive, intellectual & psychological, conscious & subconscious. The exhibition will be composed of two different but related series. Influenced by religious art of the past as well as recent scientific discoveries, The “Structure of Accumulation” explores ideas about the form and development of the modern soul. “Pivots of Moment” illustrates specific and mysterious psychological events.

The “Structure of Accumulation” series was influenced by several sources. The first is the ancient form of Buddhist mandalas, which use simplified floor plans as metaphors for the structure of the human soul. The “Structure” series proposes that the modern soul would reside in a somewhat less well-proportioned structure than those illustrated by the mandalas. Supposing our psychological/spiritual selves are formed by what we think – the same as our bodies are composed of what we eat – modern-day souls are made not only of responsibilities shouldered, love shared, curiosities and daydreams, but also the immense amount of information we absorb, the stress we cope with, the frustration we repress, and our pervasive multi-tasking habits. Using the non-linear perspective of Medieval religious painting to imply a spiritual space, the “Structure” series shows that the architectural versions of our modern selves feature some strong basic forms, but there are also dark, disturbing rooms in the basement, stairs that lead nowhere, rickety support structures that could fall at any moment, and odd rooms added to the original building in order to accommodate new ventures. The ‘building materials’ are gathered from the never-ending stream of input we encounter daily, both good and bad.

The “Pivots of Moment” series speculates about psychological and spiritual processes of change and growth. Altered figures cut from old photographs and placed in a spare landscape are attached to and interact with unusual objects. These various situations are meant to evoke the inexplicable moments in a life when everything changes. The internal epiphanies that force the reshaping of external existence.

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