DNA Totem, 2016
Objets and resin
May 3, 2016 – March 31, 2016
Suprina can’t think of anything more embedded into our changing landscapes than our constant and insatiable need to consume. Unlike other creatures living with us here on Earth, we have developed an addiction to ‘stuff’. Even though we are rarely satisfied by the items we purchase we still continue to invent them, fabricate them, move them, buy them, use them, and discard them.
As she thinks about it, all of Arjun Appadurai’s metaphors, ethnoscape, technoscape, finacescape, mediascape and ideoscape are due to one common denominator… acquiring stuff or not acquiring stuff.
Ethnoscape- cultures create different stuff.
As a country, we are still in an upward battle to see the ‘other’ as equal. To some of us, this struggle for equality should never have existed. To us, we have always been equal. We are the same DNA. Yet instead of celebrating our cultural differences and enjoying the beauty of seeing something new from another’s perspective we fear and feel threatened. Besides the obvious skin color, hair texture, body features, we have many other differences that are cultural. Different ethnic groups do/like/behave differently. One group likes bright colors, another likes softer tones, one group likes to eat beef, another holds the animal as scared, one group wears clothes that conceal the body, another shows as much skin as it can…you get the picture. But we all create stuff, every culture, every person, consumes and thus changes our planets landscape from creation to castaway.
Technoscape- we are lost in the next best thing.
If you want to talk about changing landscapes, E-waste is one of the fastest growing trash problems our world is facing. Greenpeace went undercover to expose that waste intended for recycling is being illegally exported from the UK to Nigeria disguised as second-hand goods, one of many destinations for the developed worlds toxic E-waste. Many more computers in the U.S. are stockpiled in garages and closets. When finally thrown away, they end up in landfills or incinerators. We would love to think we are being progressive and saving our trees with all these techno devices, but they will out live our species here on Earth.
Financescape- money equals power or no money equals no power.
Finacescapes are so tightly knitted to all Arjuns metaphorical landscapes. If there is access to money you can create and purchase a lot of ‘stuff’. If there is less access to money you will have less ‘stuff’. Simple enough. But the significance of this and the undeniable human trait of greed and power have created all the imbalances and injustices we face today and have faced for thousands of years. Is it in our very DNA to be this way? Is it based on some old notion of survival?
Mediascape- we follow like sheep.
Most of us are followers, and have been long before Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. And that’s good for the Media! Journalism used to be about reporting the goings-on of our world. Now, most, and at best it has been watered down to a milky, yet dairy free liquid. There are more opinions than facts; facts are distasteful to the media owner and slightly harder to ‘spin’. Many of our lives are so busy, and you know the saying well- ‘Time is money’. In our fast paced world we are placated with the sound bites. We are further and further away from deep thoughtfulness and stay on the surface of things as much as possible. We have taken the bait, it seems easier this way and as a society we don’t have time for truth anymore. Time, has become a luxury. Time is for the 1%. Most of us are treading water, always trying to stay afloat, lifting our ever ‘doggie-paddling’ arms up for just a second to hit “like”. Instead, of educating ourselves, we buy something.
Ideaoscape- they call them beliefs because they are not facts.
The DNA Totem has just a mere smattering of objects once thought to be worth something to the buyer, but then discarded. Often, she believes this happens because we project emotions onto the items, and once they are home and unwrapped the true void shows through. It ends up in the trash, the recycle bin, tucked away out – out of sight or embedded onto the DNA Totem.
Suprina studied sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia but never graduated. Instead she got a job as a sculptor in Hoboken at the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade and learned her craft working in the field. There she discovered the world of promotional prop making and after gaining skill and confidence Suprina started her own prop business. Her clients included Annie Leibovitz, Apple Computer, Bloomingdales, Fortunoff, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. After 9/11, (she lived 3 blocks from ground zero), Suprina found herself making the life long decision to focus solely on her own artworks, which are mostly narrative/figurative and deal with the human condition and social issues. Detritus, castings, modeling, and painting, are all parts of the finished works. In 2012 she was selected to create an exterior interactive public sculpture on Governors Island. Inspired by a Tibetan Prayer Wheel she hand wrote a statement in 32 languages in it’s interior. In 2013 she was voted ‘Best Portfolio’ by Pro Arts, which awarded her a full room installation at the Drawing Rooms in Jersey City. In the fall of 2013, thirty-two of her sculptures were shown in the Morristown court house for 10 days of a 3 month show before the County Sheriff deemed her work ‘dangerous to the public and demanded they all be removed. He placed a 24/7 guard on the work until Suprina removed it. Fifteen of the 32 sculptures were placed at Gallery Aferro the same day it was removed from Morristown. This experience inspired Suprina to create a series of ‘Dangerous Art’ and another series of works related to the theme of ‘Injustice in our Justice System’. In the spring 2015 she exhibited at the first ever ‘FLUX Art Fair’ in Harlem and was chosen again as ‘Best Portfolio’ by Pro Arts, this time the chosen artists (6 in all) exhibited in the Jersey City Museum. Suprina just installed her second public sculpture titled “DNA Totem” in Marcus Garvey Park in March 2016. The Puffin Foundation and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council helped to fund this project along with the Harlem community. Currently she is working on a 70’ installation for Gallery Aferro in Newark New Jersey as part of the ‘Activate market Street’ outreach. This installation titled Becoming “Them” and investigates our relationship to our tech world devices. Suprina has shown in galleries in Chelsea, Harlem, Brooklyn, and Governors as well as Chicago, Arizona and NJ.