Marissa Long: Borrowed from Dust

Thru December 22
Presented by: Arlington Arts Center
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Borrowed from Dust is a meditation on memory, loss, and impermanence. In her sculpture, photographs, and mixed-media works, Marissa Long utilizes visual and material symbols of obfuscation and mourning. Attempting to visualize what we’re unable to see, the work in the exhibition explores our strategies for understanding the incomprehensible. Without being able to fully comprehend death and loss, we translate our emotions through objects, totems, and myths. The familiar objects in Borrowed from Dust – flowers, candles, household ephemera – seem positioned in a state slightly out of reach. Blocked, buried, or fading from view, our understanding of them moves away from their innate physicality and is shaped by our own instinctive attempts to view them plainly. Our past is transfigured by memory, which is both an intimate, meaningful function of our own minds, and an unreliable narrator, crystalizing the distortions of our subjective experience.

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