Matéa LeBeau: Keepsake

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Over an off-white background with grey abstract lines sits a spikey orange shape with the word

Untitled (A Really Big Tattoo) (2022), hand-poked tattoo on handmade paper made from recycled prints, 7' x 5'. image / provided

Keepsake is an immersive show that asks its audience to consider permanence and impermanence through the mechanism of the tattoo.  In a time of such great instability, erasure, and uncertainty, the creation of a tattoo can bring about tender, vulnerable, and decisive moments of exchange between people.  The pieces in this show are an exploration of embracing the present, both alone and with others, through the slow devotional process of the hand-poked tattoo.  

A haiku:

Though the world feels doomed
We can make a keepsake with
Me, tattoo, and you.

Funded in part by the Cornell Council for the Arts. 

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