Graduate Student Biennial 2019
Currently on display from:
May 31, 2019-July 14, 2019
Timelapse of my installation at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. USA
for The Graduate Student Biennial Exhibition 2019.
Ciro Di Ruocco
Medium & Materials: Porcelain, hand blown glass, LED light Measurements: 15" x 7" x 31" Date: 2019 Description:
I was deeply moved by “how understanding our past informs our present and, more importantly, our future.” As I researched Whitman’s work, I loved seeing how he celebrated everyone; even the “The opium-eater reclines with rigid head and just-open’d lips” from his poem “Song of Myself.” This poem is often used in the recovery community to teach addicts/alcoholics that they need to forgive and love themselves. I also identified with his ability to be of service to others in an advocacy capacity. “You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self.” I reach global audiences through contemporary activist art that touches people’s emotions and gives a voice to those who are most vulnerable. I believe graduate studies are reserved for people who aspire to change the world, and this is what I am doing.