Cory Perry has been a resident of Fayetteville his entire life. He studies video, sculpture, and painting at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. His inspiration comes from the memories of struggles we all go through, individually and/or collectively. Whether it pertains to culture, the individual, family, health, or relationships of any sort, he finds a conceptual base through them. He also finds a conceptual base through the dilemma of remembering and the chaotic event of forgetting.
“Recording a memory is like creating a work of graffiti on the walls of the mind. Over time, thoughts, words, and expressions get fuzzy, marked out, altered or deleted,” Perry says. In his work he takes the message from a memory and pushes it through a “struggle” and the end piece becomes an eclectic beauty. His intention for the viewer is to put the pieces of the image together and take away an experience relative to them as well as to witness a memory being forgotten and remembered simultaneously.
For this current set of works, I’m continuing the evolution of my process. I’m building a composition through color scheme and texture arrangement. My work reflects aesthetics from traditional African practices. It does so by having emphasis on faces and on object representation. This is intentional, as to reconnect with an ancestral practice that had caused a major pivotal point in modern art.