As part of the UNC art department’s Master of Fine Arts exhibition series, “Your Turn to Burn,” graduate student Ali Halperin’s show “Episode” is on display this week in Hanes Art Center.
Staff writer Gabriella Cirelli spoke with Halperin about her show — the inspiration and meaning behind it as well as what she wants viewers to take away from the experience.
Daily Tar Heel: What is the inspiration behind your show?
Ali Halperin: I actually started being inspired by the reality TV show “Hoarders.”
I noticed that the subjects would get broken down into the stuff that they had. So I started thinking about how material culture starts affecting our physical bodies and spaces and the relationships between the items that we amass.
And how it literally affects us and changes our physical spaces and selves.
DTH: What kinds of pieces will you be featuring? Why did you choose this specific medium?
AH: These are articles of clothing — they’re mostly mine and my family’s — and they’ve been encased in tar.
So there’s kind of an interesting relationship between this really low, gross construction material and then this glossy black finish that makes them look expensive again.