Will Campbell is examining the different selves that come from military service and being a civilian. He is exploring how his identities are often constructed by means outside of himself, even though we agree to certain structures we lack the control of determining how we will be affected. The entire time that the installation is being created it will be documented with time-lapse photography. The project begins with an introductory display consisting of plans, drawings and a diagram for the construction of a life-size marionette. in the display will be the clothing of the marionette, face and hand castings, along with some other materials for the construction of the sculpture. After the marionette is completed and installed in the gallery the display will be removed. From the time of first install to the last day of the show the marionette’s position will be altered and documented reflecting on the tension of bifurcated identities. This installation is a slow narrative, a time-lapse sculpture.
Bio Will Campbell is a fifth generation Oregonian, Gulf War I Veteran and first generation artist. He refers to himself as a hybrid-artisan with influences drawn from history, traditional techniques, contemporary issues, new technologies and multiple disciplines. Campbell received his BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1999.