My new work is in an evolutionary phase and has greatly changed shape and form over the last two years. It is by no means finished.
Early on, I was inspired by the philosophers, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard to understand the dynamics of group behavior, herd mentality and group think. I did not realize at the initial stages of this project how closely this was connected to my Sanctuary Exhibition…or 3 other current projects whose common thread is how group behavior is used for light and life. This is a recurring theme in history and certainly one which is pervasive in the political landscape of 2019 of the US and countries all over the globe.
My starting point with the Herd Project was to gain understanding of group behavior that explains the explosive phenomena of plastic surgery for women ; hiding our truths. Groups of women having plastic surgery, violently altering and erasing unique identities, wiping out individuality for the opportunity to have identifying marks belonging to the herd…often seen as a mark of distinction as an upper socioeconomic indicator and a mask of protection for the group.
I have to thank Miles Stancil for his video collaboration on Herd and Curator, Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon for her invaluable comments on the work at its inception. Thanks also to Jim Hardiman, my web designer for his ongoing technical expertise.
© All Rights Reserved by Susan Pelteson
The madness of stampede
An archaic pounding in my ears
The herd demands that I
Erase my face
Fallen truths like dead flowers in a field
Identifying marks lost
I am disappeared
No longer the other