Test Tube Babies
Molly Dierks (2014)
I am inspired by the shapes, lines, and language in industrial society that convey information about identity and desire. On my phone, computer, and in my studio, I have an ever accreting collection of samples of mass-distributed media, ranging from the weathered trash I find in medians or parking lots, to gumball-machine baubles purchased at the grocery store, to phrases from advertisements. The process of manipulating and recombining my collection of language, objects, and forms is part of an ongoing quest to deconstruct and distill the formal and linguistic qualities of desire, conformity, and love.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.