Caleb Henderson was born and raised in the west under the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Being brought up in a heavily conservative and religious climate has exerted its effect on his work and thinking, though probably not in the way it was intended to. He received a BFA degree from Utah Valley University in 2008 and an MFA degree from Tulane University in 2014. He lived in Uganda from 2009 to 2011 doing service work in the U.S. Peace Corps. and now teaches drawing at Fresno City College in Fresno, CA.
I have forgotten the names of my great grandparents.
Knowing that this has been the fate of most, and will likely be my own, what is to be done? Will I chase the spectre of legacy? Will I cling to the comfort of denial? How do I find purpose when purposelessness is staring me in the face?
Using paint, charcoal, and resin, I set up scenarios where I must accept the mutation or outright loss of previous work. Each new step covers up the old, but is ultimately dependent upon it for its own existence.
I consistently refer to the “real” world, so that the process of seeing and recording is ongoing. Even when I’m distorting, covering, and shifting things it keeps the ring of observation about it, even if it’s just remembered observations, or imagined ones.
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