TERRITORIES/KINGDOMS presents 2D work across multiple mediums in conversation.Paper has been manipulated to resemble hide or skin and crudely patch worked together to create the illusion of maps and aerial photography; while, classically rendered abstract oil paintings visualize transcendence in the remains of a bird hunt. Silver’s work is largely drawn from her experience of being a Southerner, including her observations on both cultural and personal trauma. Overarching themes of social, terrestrial and biological division, hierarchy, and hybridity harp on the shifting philosophical perspectives of part and whole.
In the paper works, roughhewn swathes of earth and skin tones are bound into discomforting tapestries of flesh. They reflect on the trauma of our past, the ways in which it permeates our present geography, and the seaming impossibility of healing. In the paintings, wings and legs and breasts of are roped together in the aftermath of carnage andtransformed into unearthly beasts and intimate portraits of physical pain and spiritual ascension. They examine the disconnection from memory caused by traumatic events, and how these distant memories become buried in the felt experience through generations. Both bodies of work personify the symbiotic relationship between the visceral and ephemeral, the continuum of life and death, and a search for meaning in human tragedy as a coping mechanism.