November 2017 - Kaitlin Smrcina
Multi-faceted artist Kaitlin Smrcina joined Wirehouse for the month of November with her work titled "You and My Mom Don't Really Like Bananas", a 70s resurgence with traditional art tropes. Kaitlin holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago in Ceramics, Sculpture and Fiber Arts and Material Studies. She aims to consume the truths of dimensionality and prove the impossible is possible when imagination becomes reality.
About the work Kaitlin says: "My usual work is heavily based on cartoons with loose, sometimes unintentional ties to sexuality, psychology, and philosophy. This series started differently than most of my work. Usually I have a “conceptual ideal” in mind before the making but with “You and my mom...” I did the work and then paid attention to the free association thought process that comes naturally when you are doing something simple, like drawing. I wanted to take the idea of classical, but crudely drawn, fruit and porcelain still lives and overlay them on a very luxurious contrasting background, like pink velvet. I was thinking of Juicy Couture or Gucci ad photoshoots, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, blinged out Blackberrys and T-Mobile Sidekicks. And while I searched for these backgrounds, thinking about cringeworthy “trends” and very much missing my own T-
mobile Sidekick, I stumbled upon some 70’s interior magazine photos that got me thinking about cycles of resurgence in fashion, social practices, and just about everything. I am going to annoyingly say that history repeats itself and will probably never stop. But, when you truly understand that you feel like you've been alive forever. It’s incredibly frustrating and I cannot begin to imagine how it feels for someone born without my advantages. It’s scary thinking nothing is going to change and all you can do is be aware and do your best to treat everyone with respect because that’s an incredibly simple thing to do."