I am a multimedia artist who recently graduated from Dickinson College with a B.A. in Art & Art History and English. I currently work for the Dickinson College Art & Art History Department as a Post-Baccalaureate artist.
If there’s a single guiding theme present across my stylistically inharmonious body of work, it’s the concept of change. As someone who tends to resist change in most facets of my life, I find catharsis by embracing it within the private pages of a sketchbook or the controlled environment of a studio. In these spaces, I use an ever-expanding list of processes, mediums, and methods to reflect on past experiences and explore hypothetical scenarios, to throw ideas at the wall and occasionally tape them there.
This may sound like escapism, but to me, it’s the opposite. It is from within this conceptual space that I engage most freely with unclear and troubling ideas that affect my personal life. It is where I amass data in the form of an expanding collection of images that continually reveals a more holistic, albeit complicated, picture of who I am. Inevitably, this “bigger picture” provides evidence that informs decisions I make outside of the studio.
While my work usually begins with introspection, it ends with extrospection. By “extrospection” (which is apparently not a real word), I mean that I display or post my work in places where it might reach a sizeable public viewership (like Instagram) and I actively seek feedback from others. Often, a finished piece will take many forms (prints, greeting cards, t-shirts) and appear in different contexts (galleries, classrooms, social media feeds). Since I am interested in exploring how context shapes content, making post-hoc conceptual decisions that address media and setting feeds my work without consuming it.
Through extensive manipulation of color, material, and context, an eye for found objects and an ear for bizarre conversations, I have arrived at a body of work that operates in the narrow space between thought and action and highlights the interconnectedness of private and public life. This work is at-once highly personal and widely-accessible, earnest and satirical, difficult to define and easy to look at.
You can find more of my work on Instagram, @talia_amorosano.
And/or follow my ongoing web comic, SELF HELP, @self_help_comic.