Susan Amorde’s exhibition In My Case is a collection of new and recent mixed media sculptural works and installations featuring a trove of vintage travel cases in varying degrees of transformation and arrangements. The suitcases’ symbolic aspects, as well as the inherent qualities of texture, form, and color, express in their own language the mysterious origins and unknowable histories of these cases as compelling found objects. The show explores the notion of baggage in all its emotional and physical narrative manifestations. As she plays with these tropes, Amorde imbues her works with a sense of nostalgia, exploring their psychological and social connotations. She further uses them as the sites of both political and narrative catharsis, at times leaving them closed to perpetuate the mystery, at others filling them with visual poems of water cradling submerged totems and talismans for the audience’s Jungian dream-time consideration. The works for In My Case range in both size and scope, from the intimate to the societal and historical, becoming windows into the souls of the past and present, as Amorde asks the viewer to imagine the contents of both the cases and the lives and dreams of their absent owners.
April 29 - June 2, 2017