Author/Artist Name

Samantha TudorFollow

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Academic Level at Time of Creation

Senior

Date of Creation

Fall 2020

Artist Statement

Cryptids are heavily based on oral legends and strange occurrences. Some of these legends are based on good versus evil like the Wendigo, an evil spirit that possesses someone who commits cannibalism, and some are based on happenings that cannot be explained like the Chupacabra.

I have been fascinated by the appearance and lore of cryptids and how these stories are created. That fascination has begun to seep into my work. I am also interested in the evidence, real or fabricated, that is provided for these creatures as I create my own cryptids and compile relatable evidence to support my claims.

My works often start with a mysterious dream or a sketch made from an inkblot. Inkblots are a form of projective test, a test that uses ambiguous stimuli to activate the subconscious mind. I use inkblots because it draws on the underlying issues that I face. I create cryptids that embody my subconscious mind because I find that it engages more people in a meaningful way.

As humans, we are obsessed with information and the truth. However, people also like to be amazed whether or not what they are looking at is real or fake. My work plays on that fine line through the stories, articles, and other documents created in support to develop credibility. The large-scale sculptures of these beings encountered on my journeys act as documentation of and tribute to their existence.

Advisor/Mentor

Chris Lavery

Description

Steel, zipties, and fabric

4’x5’x5½’ and 5’x5’x4½’

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Unprecedented: BA/BS Senior Exhibition Fall 2020

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