Nancy Baker Cahill

I am interested in the human body as a complicated abstraction engaged in a perpetual struggle: corporeally real, yet unknowable. All of my work isolates moments of struggle or violence in a timeless, immersive void. The void as my primary environment is neutral, allowing the suspension of forms in motion–twisting muscle, rupturing explosions, falling, charred masses. My hope is that viewers will feel and experience the work similarly in their own bodies.

Manifestos and Hollow Point drawings, in AR and VR, create a series of “freeze-frames” that articulate a moment of exertion or velocity in stillness. My intention is for viewers to experience self-reflection and wonder as they consider their bodies and the bodies of others as engaged in an ongoing, unsettled contest—filled with vulnerability, strength, discomfort and defiance.

Manifesto No. 39 (2017), Graphite on paper, 12 x 9 in.
Manifesto No. 53 (2017), Graphite on paper, 12 x 9 in.
Manifesto No. 68 (2017), Graphite on paper, 12 x 9 in.