By Vicki King
Victoria (Vicki) King has created commissioned artwork in the Triad for more than 22 years. In the past, she been an associate at Artmongerz, has had gallery shows here and New Mexico and Florida.
As an artist, I wished to understand the composition of phlegm and how to portray it as an expression of my art.
I found, phlegm is dependent on climate, genetics and the immune system of the individual producing it from their respiratory system. One way this water based gel can be brought on, is by stressing our vocal cords. This can happen by yelling, screaming, talking loudly or just singing incorrectly. We humans vary greatly in so many ways and we express ourselves uniquely, based on, not solely, but on all the elements, that describe Phlegm.
Despite our differences, we ALL need to rid ourselves of phlegm. I see the expression of one’s bodily fluids to be as colorful as the lives we lead, and as a result of the elements of the universe we choose to assimilate. So to me phlegm can be a form of individual expression to be celebrated. This specific expression, needs to be expelled in order to allow a healthy, thriving, colorful existence with our universe.
(Pictured above: 1 of 18 pieces that make up Vicki's piece, "Phlegm." See the complete piece this Friday, March 2 at Greensboro Project Space. More info here.)