Using discarded materials in my work is a political choice. By grabbing what is around me, I reflect on the items in my life that tell my story with the understanding that others will have stories about these materials as well. I depend on a thing’s unmodified color, familiarity of material and organic shape to connect the viewer visually with my subject matter. My characters are shaped by the objects from which they are built. Listing the materials within the sculpture provides the viewer further access to the narrative. Pill bottles, dishwasher parts, old lamps that both work and don’t work are titled provocatively. The stuff of our culture is transformed into fantastical shapes held together with plastic wrap and tape. The objects within the pieces are provocative; the pieces themselves are fantasy. Together they form the fairy tale of the everyday world in which we all struggle to survive or thrive.
Chason-Sokol is an artist living and working in Everett, MA. Her work has been exhibited in Massachusetts and nationally. She holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design. She serves as Chair of the Everett Cultural Council and is the Founder/Director of Art Lab Everett.