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John Sullivan


Navillus Metal Works
Centennial, CO, United States

3 x 2 x 1 inches

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Moments of trauma mark pivotal shifts in my life that have forever altered my perception of self and reality. Coinciding with lifelong depression, these ailments are both a morbid source of inspiration and a debilitation. My work is a means of articulating my trauma and coping with dysthymic depression and PTSD. Due to trauma’s unrepresentable nature, I rely on engendered emotion as an intrinsic component in the creation of meaning. I construct empathetic experiences through sensory-based affects that are understood through an empathetic engagement. These embodied translations of experience are my way of conveying that which is beyond conventional comprehension.

John Sullivan is an artist, metalsmith, and educator, whose work focuses on psychology, neuropsychology, and interpersonal relationships. John explores dysfunctional relationships, psychological disorders, and trauma through wearable objects and performance. John recently received his MFA from SUNY New Paltz and currently teaches art MSU Denver.

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