Current Location:
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health -> 3rd Floor (DCIH)
Location Notes:
DCIH; 3rd Floor; Right of Room 350E

Homo Oefendicanus

Joel Addis
GVSU Collection
Acrylic on Panel
Green background. Human skeleton laying face down. He has huge, semi circle ribs.
Historical Context:
Joel Addis considers himself a professional observer. His work comments on social and psychological inhibitions that he witnesses within society that become the barrier between human potential and human action. In his observations, Addis has noticed that people rarely utilize all of their talents and rarely recognize the talent and full potential of others. Through his artwork, Addis strives to change this destructive thinking. He represents this ironic self-defeating behavior through the use of malformed or mutated skeletons. As well as being an icon of death, the skeleton is also a basic structure of an organism and that which determines function and capability. Whether human or animal, each of Addis’ skeletons has an exaggerated body part that amplifies a specific trait to which it excels. Regarding these embellishments Addis states, “In doing this, I would like the viewer to realize their own strengths and recognize that in many ways they are negating those strengths. I want to encourage them to dismiss their self-doubt and simply be what they are capable of being.”

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