Parsing Desire showcased work by current MFA students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Assembled from heirlooms, gathered on expeditions, collaged from site-specific locations, or curated from autobiographical experiences, the works in Parsing Desire spanned the gamut of mediums, methods, and practices to negotiate the experiential traces and fractures of embodiment, environments, fantasy, memory, sexuality, history, craft, and ritual. Together, these works communicated a basic, shared human condition: longing, and its ghosts always wanting, never having completely, or missing entirely. A study in haunting desire, hopes, and wishes.
Photo documentation by Scott James Vanidestine.