Sustainable “Artivism”at SCU with Ciaran Freeman ’18

Sustainable “Artivism”at SCU with Ciaran Freeman ’18


I’m a Ciaran Freeman. I’m a senior studio art and art history double major. I am an Assistant Resident Director in Casa
Italiana. I’m the director of the Student Art League and an immersion coordinator.
I do a lot around campus but really I’m focus on my art right now. I’m excited to be
sharing about my residency at Recology. I think one of the important things you
can do as an artist is to look at art, so I am constantly talking about art. I got
a chance to take a quarter off last spring and just travel around for six
weeks in Europe and look at art in different cities. I also spent the
past summer as a Jean Donovan Fellow at Commonweal Magazine in New York City looking
at the intersection of art and social justice. I started looking at my own
personal narrative and my own story and identity and trying to deal with that my
art at the beginning of last year. When I wasn’t at school, I was working with my
dad at his construction company in New York City. Using those images that I was
taking on my phone while I was working with him and sort of using him as kind
of a muse to talk about different issues about labor and family identity. I started
with that as a series of drawings and then I knew that I wanted to continue that because I
wasn’t quite finished talking about those things.
When I applied to Recology, I applied with the intention of continuing that series, but
using material that conceptually fit with what I was trying to work on. A
lot of things that come through Recology are things that private contractors are
dropping off. The show is mostly made up of blueprints, of four-by-fours like construction debris, electrical conduits – a lot of different building materials
I’ve been able to have fun with and treat as fine art material. Everything
that you buy and everything that you use is going to end up somewhere and you’re a
lot more conscious of that when you see the giant, giant piles at the dump from
the city of San Francisco, which already is a fairly conscious place, but
when you see all that it’s kind of scary, but it’s fun to be able to
to know that if I can share this experience with other people,
hopefully it will have an impact and we can start kind of
changing the world like that.

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