Roddy Ecklund

Student Artist-in-Residence 2017-18
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Artist Statement


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I dissect and recreate crudely constructed facades of objects and environments in the same way that digital space reformats communication. Words are abbreviated. Sentences are cut short. Images are cropped, then reformatted and hacked together. I handle materials with a calculated and repetitive impulsiveness that becomes predictable, and comically incoherent. These impulsive repairs filter and corrupt the once normal. The obviously fake stands in for the real with a pitiful yearning for acceptance.


By becoming comfortable with these intentionally flawed cover ups and temporary solutions, we welcome the distortion and blurring of our conversations. These tendencies transform into habits that have a detrimental effect on our relationships. I portray these irresistible attractions through a pessimistic and cheeky lens in hopes of denying their effects. I’ve come to the realization that these so called “attractions” are impulsive, compulsive and are truly a distortive addiction.