Oracles. An exhibition by Adam du Shole. October 26 - January 11, 2023. Crutchfield Gallery.

October 26 - January 11, 2023Crutchfield Gallery

Artist Statement

My work represents an inventory of artifacts - slivers of the past whose origins have long been obscured. I reconstruct rituals, folktales, and superstitions in a continuation that builds on all previous iterations, inciting the viewer to investigate our collective history. I want to affirm the need to navigate an uncertain and unpredictable future world by creating a narrative that constantly considers the past while foretelling an ongoing relationship with history.

I render these themes in large scale wood-cut wall sculptures, utilizing a bright palette that employs the visual language of global folk art traditions. These sculptures provide a new context for ideas that have often been relegated to peripheral spaces or overlooked as simple tchotchke. With shape and form that fluctuates between painting and sculpture, I examine mythology as a manifestation of humanity’s ability to anthropomorphize even the smallest facets of the natural world. Recent work examines rituals resulting from the need to look outward, studying methods of divination; oracles that have disappeared from practice and those that have existed into the present day.

Divination 8 by Adam du Shole
Divination 8
Divination 8 by Adam du Shole
Divination 13