David Wesley White

I approach the material world from a revolutionary, queer perspective. Being raised in the suburbs of New England, my work responds to the traditions of an American upbringing. In early work, I deconstructed the symbolism of the nuclear family; exploring themes of labor, the parent-child relationship, and divorce. My practice has developed beyond psychoanalysis into the realm of sociology. I am guided by the existential plight of politics; finding nuggets of humor and beauty inside a continuum of frustration and fear. Additionally, I explore themes of the queer body— contrasting the history of persecution against pacifism and love. 

Physically, my works exist as sculptures, videos, performances, and paintings. My process often begins with a phase of deep research where I gather from texts, archives, and second-hand stores. I am drawn to materials with rich subtexts that tell controversial or forgotten histories. Process involves subtly manipulating or transforming the material to reveal hidden philosophies and fatal contradictions. These criticisms play out against a backdrop of personal and American history; tracing and breaking through the edges of the established past.

b. 1994 Worcester, Massachuetts