Caitlin Vitalo, MFA 2018

March 21 - 24, 2018

Opening Reception: March 23, 6-8pm  



Chair for the Table
Rhinestones and Glue


Ignorance Is Bliss
Plastic Sheet and Wood

Artist Statement

In a society full of discrimination and prejudice, those with privilege and power can easily overlook these systems that are not negatively affecting them. When we overlook or accept these structures that allow privilege to be acquired at the expense of others we strengthen and prolong its existence. In tandem with these unequal systems, we have been lead to believe that the success of others is a direct threat to our own, halting any possible collective growth we are capable of. This divisive system of fabricated hierarchies only reinforces the position of those with the most power.

In order to redesign these social systems, we first must be able to find them. The normalization and pervasiveness of these disparities has made it difficult to identify how they are perpetuated and, oftentimes our willful blindness to these structures leaves us crippled, vulnerable, and powerless. My work attempts to expose some of the ways these oppressive systems are reinforced through banal everyday objects such as billboards, money, chairs, and our own bodies with the hope that when you leave the gallery you won’t be able to look at things the same way. An enlightened view of these subtle systems implicates us regardless of our position and calls for the sharing of this new knowledge to attempt to dismantle these systems together.