St. Mary's Projects in Studio Art:

Josh Carter / SMP 2015

An Exploration of Time

My work expresses the accelerated passage of time by investigating the body’s process of ageing. Like the growth rings of a tree to the wrinkles of the body, time and age are recorded by patterns in nature. Time is based on perception; one’s sense of time is shaped by our social and visual experiences. My sense of time is a personal one influenced by the rural environment I grew up in and the large generation gap between my parents and myself. As I watch my parents’ bodies begin to wrinkle and their hair turn grey, the passage of time feels accelerated. This same awareness occurs as I experience the aging of my physical environment as the barns, tractors, and fences, on my family’s farm deteriorate and are reclaimed by nature.