Joshua DiFabio

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Not Moving On, Continuing Without

Year: 2020 

Leather suitcase, wood ash

H 36 in x W 60 in x D 48 in

 

Veils #2

2019

Charred oak, steel, thread

H 84 in x W 40 in x L 144 in

 

Leaving Traces / Letting Go

2020

Glazed Stoneware, rusted chains, ash, sand

H 144 in x W 48 in x D 48 in

 

Not Moving On, Continuing Without

2020

Leather suitcase, wood ash

H 36 in x W 60 in x D 48 in

 

Veils #2

2019

Charred oak, steel, thread

H 84 in x W 40 in x L 144 in

 

Leaving Traces / Letting Go

2020

Glazed Stoneware, rusted chains, ash, sand

H 144 in x W 48 in x D 48 in

 

Rusted 

Year: 2020

Digital Print

Size: 24 in x 32 in

 

Threshold

2020

Charred wood, steel, neon mercury tubes

 H 84 in x W 42 in x D 12 in 

 

Threshold (detail)

2020

Charred wood, steel, neon mercury tubes

H 84 in x W 42 in x D 12 in 

 

Threshold (video)

2020

Charred wood, steel, neon mercury tubes

H 84 in x W 42 in x D 12 in 

My work acts as the point where death and loss shift to honoring and moving forward.  

 

Fire punctuates death and finality. The cold, settled residue retains memory and rebirth.  Purifying incineration creates ashen color-leeched artifacts that channel trauma and silence; a memorial. Crude, charred remains bring intimacy to the devastation of architectural space, while chains bind both physical and psychic being.

 

It is vital that my work speak not only of the after but also of the before.

 

Blackened soot harkens to the ambiguity of the psyche, while radiating white light  embodies a silent continuation of the soul. The remaining flicker of life projects both all and nothing.

 

The pace of time is kept by a pendulum, its ever-diminishing sway releasing all its contents onto the floor. Threads and chains become conduits for sound, light, and memory; their paths dissect metaphysical space, creating synapses between past and present. Ghost-like suspension alleviates the grounding heaviness of the tethered wreckage.

 

I create visual quietness within my installations to provoke a palpable silence and reverence; muted color palettes and frozen moments in time heighten the clash between intertwined light and shadow. Ash explicitly references mortality and the endless search for the essence of our own souls.

 

Physical elements of erosion, ruin, and stillness are absolutely essential; there is an undervalued beauty in ruin. Fire is an alchemical phenomenon, simultaneously a tool of destruction and a healing source of light and heat. The incinerated art object and its residue exist as a living memory; the preserved object radiating a dichotomic sense of searing heat and frigid cold.