Maria Driscoll McMahon:
By the Time You Cut Teeth You Are Already Ancient
Curated by Evonne M. Davis
February 22 – March 28, 2020
Opening Reception February 22, 7-10PM
With live performance throughout the evening
Eleta M. Caldwell and Rodney J. Gilbert Memorial Gallery
73 Market St
As of 2019, 29 million people have had their DNA tested. By the Time You Cut Teeth You Are Already Ancient by interdisciplinary installation artist Maria Driscoll McMahon, is, in part, a meta-genealogical investigation that contemplates the psycho-socio-political implications of this phenomenon and serves as a meditation on the wonder and absurdity of the ways the cellular constitution of one’s spit — a body fluid most abject — can, not only serve as a portal to other times and places, but stimulate new narratives which alter subjective perceptions of self.
National lore and mythology originating in one’s ancestral stomping grounds can inform the perceived purpose of one’s life, as “the self,” in identification and sympathy with one’s ancestors permeates boundaries of time and space. What happens when many find heroes, barbarians, princes, paupers, and sworn enemies sitting on the same branch of the family tree? How will the past inform the future?
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