Ritual Vessels

6:00 pm

October 31, 2019


November 1, 2019

Terminal 136 is pleased to present the MFA Thesis Exhibition Ritual Vessels by Mary Wuest.

Ritual Vessels

October 31 – November 16, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 31, 6 – 9pm
Terminal 136 is also open for First Friday, November 1, 6 – 9pm

“We push back. Past smiles, clinging to Present’s moment, lifts a cup and drinks.

My work revolves around power; how it is misused to establish and maintain social hierarchies. I was introduced to the word kyriarchy (coined by Dr. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza) and fascinated by the amount of effort it takes to support the complex system of intersectional oppression present in our culture. Broad research into the history of civilization has led me to conclude that the fundamental components of oppression have not changed over time, and neither has our ability to make it palatable. I began looking at the small ways we condition ourselves to accept the inequities and injustices we say we want to correct.

In his essay, “The Buddhist Idea of Beauty”, Soetsu Yanagi provides an alternative to the desire for power through the “Non-dual Entirety” or “Undifferentiated” state. In this state, opposition (beauty versus ugliness) does not exist. A favorite quote from this essay is “A beautiful artifact may be defined as one that reposes peacefully where it aspires to be.”[1] An artwork with this quality becomes an inflection point for the viewer by inviting them to imagine an unencumbered life, where one’s success does not come at the expense of another.