Micah and Whitney Stansell’s work explores ideas of family history, narrative traditions, and binary relationships that pull from contemporary issues influenced and informed by environment and location. Much of the Stansell’s interest in narrative stems from the rich Southern tradition of storytelling. The genesis of the water and the blood is a family story, and that story makes up the core narrative event, but most of the elements surrounding this core event have been imagined, or pieced together from remembrances of hearing the story told. The work is as much about the idea of remembering, and imagining, and seeing as it is about any single event. The work possesses a level of openness to the narrative that allows the viewer to access the work in their own way, and bring their own context to bear on the reading of the intentionally spare narrative.
the water and the blood was created as a part of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia’s Working Artist Project 2010-2011. The project was funded by the Charles Loridans Foundation with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A gallery installation of the project is on view at MOCA GA through December 3, 2011.