My work explores the tenuous mind-body connection through the use of bodily and technological imagery. I am interested in exploring our sense of embodied self and internal psychological processes/experiences regarding selfhood, consciousness, and the interplay between the inner and the external world. This exploration involves breaking down, or picking apart, of different aspects of psychology, embodiment, and metaphysics. This exploration involves breaking down, or picking apart, different aspects of our inner life, connection to body, and how technology can act as a mirror to illuminate some of these processes.
The work itself often references the body or flesh, the point of contact between one’s interior space and the physical realm; a kind of psychic vessel that responds to the pressures of each. Technological aesthetics and digital processes are modes of interrogation and metaphors for aspects of the experience of self. I create immersive installations that operate in the physical and digital realm, often simultaneously. Through the use of wide-ranging media and I encourage the viewer to enter into a dialog with themselves, raising questions about their embodied identity.
Denise Wakeman is a queer identifying, interdisciplinary artist originally from Memphis, TN who currently lives and works in rural VA. Wakeman received her BFA from University of Memphis with honors in 2018 and is currently pursuing her MFA at Alfred University.
She has exhibited regionally in both the South and Northeast, worked as a ceramic studio assistant, a sculpture teaching assistant, and has received awards from institutions such as The Metal Museum.