Thursday, October 5, 2017 7:00 PM FREE! DaVinci Institute 9191 N. Sheridan Blvd. Suite 300 Westminster, CO (map) For more information go to: https://www.meetup.com/Colorado-VR/events/243020290/ Bobbianne Stambaugh will give an artist talk about her art practice, the art historical connections to virtual reality and how her artwork relates to PTSD and trauma.
Stambaugh is best known for her varied art practice that uses virtual reality video games, installation, multi-media, sculpture and photography to explore how traumatic experiences affect our society, culture and our identity. Stambaugh is a nationally and locally recognized artist that recently graduated with her second master’s degree, a Masters of Fine Art, from Lesley University specializing in installation art and creating virtual reality video games both using Unity and an Oculus Rift DK2. Within Stambaugh’s work, she explores PTSD experiences that are metaphorically represented with a theme of brokenness since many people describe PTSD or trauma-related experiences as “being shattered or have a broken sense of reality or of the self.” Within this theme of “brokenness,” Stambaugh uses neon color, sound, projections and optical illusions to invite viewers into experiences. Although her work is initially inviting, it later reveals the broken reality of mental illness.
One of Stambaugh’s main influences, Frida Kahlo, aptly explains her work:
“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”