Interference (Alice & Shasti)
Archival Pigment Print On Fabric, RGB LED Lights
42 X 42 X 3 Inches (Installed)
BIO: Shasti O’Leary Soudant is a Buffalo-based multimedia artist who earned a BFA from Purchase College, an MFA from University at Buffalo. In her art practice, she uses a wide range of media and material to talk about hidden forces, immersive experiences, transformation, vanity, sexuality and the ways in which we edit the self in reaction to culture, politics and emotion. Soudant has exhibited her work in two recent solo exhibitions, SEX • TIME • DECAY (Big Orbit Gallery, 2011) and Let There Be Light (Interference) (Burchfield Penney Art Center, 2013)—in which Interference (Alice & Shasti) was included. Soudant will be a featured exhibition artist at the 2014 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto this October. Her work is included in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Soudant was recently named one of Buffalo Spree magazine’s “artists to watch” and appeared on the cover of the March 2014 issue. www.shastiolearysoudant.com
STATEMENT: An outgrowth of my academic interest in critical and color theory, this work begins with the premise that our eyes deceive us, and that our faulty perceptions color our reality. This image, viewed under changing RGB LED light, continually undulates, first showing one subject, then another, and then both simultaneously in an illustration of the concept of interference. We are the products of our ongoing collisions with other people, leaving us alternately changed, violated and compromised, in both beneficial and problematic ways, ensuring a continuous process of growth and becoming.