Performance Art

The following is an excerpt from a text I am working on for my thesis: Inheritance I sit in the chair, and the music starts. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing was my favorite hymn, and despite my skepticism, it is still hard to listen to its crescendos and not feel that familiar, uplifting warmth…

The Sacred Experience in Art Spaces

The following is a 3 part artist statement originally posted on blog.dembree.com. In the absence of organized religion, I turn to art. Rothko Chapel (1971) by Mark Rothko, Houston, TX Growing up in the Mormon faith, I was taught that happiness could only be achieved by active adherence to Mormon tenants. As a young adult,…

Make it Better

13 Forest Gallery in Arlington, MA presents It Gets Better / Make it Better, a group show juried by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director of the Griffin Museum in Winchester. The show presents work by nine artists from across the country. Initially intended to highlight issues of bullying and homophobia – both internal and external –…

to accommodate the moment

In a previous post I mentioned that I hoped to make the topic of my final BFA show (still 1 ½ years away) homosexuality and what it is like to have same sex attractions in an LDS community. It will not be the first time that I have used art as a medium to express…