Memories from a Blackout: Sheena Rae Dowling
San Diego Art Institute Project Space Residency
Jan. 6th – Jan. 28th
Open Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5pm, and by appointment.
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SDAI Project Space (next to Victoria’s Secret)
141 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
The exhibition “Memories from a Blackout” takes an intimate look at addiction and alcoholism, a disease which has affected the lives of millions of people. The artist treads on sensitive territory, revealing the struggle and recovery process through her own personal narrative. Taking journal entries from her past, which she refers to as lost memories, she pieces together a portrait of fears and private insecurities. She hand embroiders excerpts of the writings with her own hair, a material that symbolically as well as literally contains records of those times. These texts along with paintings, altered found objects, and installations present a reconstruction of the painful and often isolating experience of substance abuse. While making allusions to the American Dream, consumerism, and pressures of compliance to the social norms, she humanizes a stigmatized disease by relating her internal struggles to universal pains that many people face when trying to find their place in the world.
Part of the proceeds from this exhibition will go towards Turning Point Home, a local residential treatment program that helps women recover from alcoholism and addiction.