Fragmented Remains - Springfield IL - 2018
A exhibition with artist Nichole Maury in the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association. Funding for McWhirter's participation is this exhibition was provided by the Springfield Area Arts Council's Rosie Richmond Artist Advancement Award.
The spaces and places we inhabit tell a story. They are fragments of our personal narratives. As we occupy our various spaces—even if only for a short time—we give and take. We take parts of those spaces with us, both tangible and abstract. We also leave behind traces—fragments of ourselves, parts of our identity. By deconstructing and reconfiguring the fragments and mapping elements of these places, we hope to better understand our relationship with these spaces.
But, we never do these things in isolation. Our paths, our history, even the detritus we leave behind, are interconnected. Even with this knowledge—this understanding of connectivity—we are reluctant to share the fullness of these spaces. We only allow others to see our homes in ideal states—doors are closed to hide imperfections and preserve our sense of privacy. Our relationship with other’s is often defined by how intimately we will share our space with them.