Addiction...Obsessive Conpulsive Disorder...or simply a tic, can define you as an individual to others or simply prevent you from becoming the person you have never had the choice to be. Come experience an exhibition of consistency, inconsiteency and stimulation through thought-provoking displays.

OPENING RECEPTION 11.17.11 6-8pm

EXHIBITION 11.14.11-11.23.11

RACHEL TORTELLI | SWITCH

ARTIST STATEMENT: Obsession is a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling. It makes one feel the need to complete a task in order to feel "satisfied" and avoid consequences, whether tangible or not. To demonstrate this unwilling need and the anxiety that accompanies it, I have created an interactive light installation that allows the viewer to become immersed in the mindset of the obsessed.

REACTION STATEMENT: Being a designer, I don't have many opportunities to create fine art and this show allowed me the experience to do so and to express myself in a different form. I wanted to work with materials that I haven't worked with before and to move out of my comfort zone. I feel I accomplished this by making my piece interactive with the use of lights and switches which encouraged the viewer to touch and interact. I had to use tools and materials that I was not necessarily familiar with, but which I learned a lot from and they helped me develop my problem solving techniques much further. The main thing I learned from this show, though, is that people are very hesitant to interact with art even if it is encouraged or literally part of the piece. I think for a lot of people, art is something that is suppose to be seen and not touched, but I was still surprised how often I had to explain my piece before people would interact with it. Overall, the show was very successful in my opinion and all the effort that was put into it, made it a success.