On view at at the Wassaic Project until Saturday Sept. 22, Change of State features SVA MFA Photo, Video and Related Media alumnus Cynthia Bittenfield. The exhibit showcases art created during a time in which many people in our country have felt divided, angry, vindicated, or confused — and the works reflect these changes and challenges. Find elements of nostalgia, fantasy, failure, hope, fear, love, anger, and chaos. Consider who you are, not the groups you identify with, and attempt to welcome each artist's intentions without your own biases. While not all of the works are political in the traditional sense, it is worth considering the charged political climate in which they have been created and the rural community in which they are being viewed. Visit the Wassaic Project for more information about the show.
Also on view by Bittenfield this month, World War II Revisited combines images from her father’s scrapbook with images taken at the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy. The combination of his playful, innocent musings of daily life in basic training with the remnants and aftermath of war creates a powerful statement of the harsh reality of war and the devastating loss.
World War II Revisted is available for viewing Mon, Wed, and Fri from 11 am- 7 pm at The PIT Loft.
Cynthia Bittenfield pursues projects that shed light on the human cost of war whether dealing with the issue of post-traumatic stress, revisiting battlefields and sites of atrocity, or documenting life on the home front. The discovery of her father’s wartime scrapbook after he died started her in this new direction. The photo album and family archive has also figured prominently in her latest portrait project, an homage to her mother’s life and death.