The Helen E. Copeland Gallery and the School of Art at Montana State University are pleased to announce Second Skin, a thesis exhibition by Master of Fine Arts candidate, Victoria Burchill. The exhibition will take place at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, Montana from Monday, April 1st – Friday, April 5th, 2019. Burchill’s verbal defense will take place Monday, April 1st at 11 am in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery and is open to the public. There will be a reception for Second Skin on Thursday, April 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. All events are free and open to the public.
Second Skin refers to the body’s exterior adornments that contribute to an individual’s identity. Genetics are no longer a deciding factor in beauty, rather the second skin can revolutionize one’s appearance. Each individual has full control over their second skin, and therefore, appearance can impede people’s ability to connect with each other because differences are made visible.
Burchill uses the form of a rope in her sculptures as a symbol of the human attitude toward another person. When a rope is between two people, each has a choice: to either pull on the rope and determine the peer is a competitor, therefore engaging them in a battle of tug of war; or use the rope as a connecting force, an opportunity to pull one in and collaborate with them as an ally. Burchill recognizes that visual identity plays a large role in the initial reaction: to compete or to collaborate. The exhibition Second Skin eludes to how visual identity can alter social interactions.
Victoria Burchill is a Montana based artist working in various materials including makeup, hair, and non-ferrous metal. She received a BS in Art Education from Nazareth College of Rochester in 2016. She has exhibited nationally, as well as internationally. In May, she will be exhibiting work at the 2019 SNAG conference in Chicago in the Exhibition in Motion.
Following Second Skin will be Jon Bashioum’s thesis exhibition, Beyond the White Cube, from Monday, April 8 – Thursday, April 11, 2019.