Rites of Passage

Screenprints on paper, 2016

Considering the ways someone transforms in an irreversible manner throughout a life-time, Sedjo has concluded that one must choose to adopt or create a rite of passage in order for it to transform their identity. This choice is a conscious one, not merely a reflective reaction to life’s circumstances. Sedjo bases her work off of specific narratives of rites of passage shared with her from a population of diverse individuals.

The imagery is necessary for the text as the text is for the imagery. They combine to create layered glimpses into the complex narrative of transformation. Sedjo chooses to take her own photographs and base her screenprints off of them. Sedjo received accounts of personal rites of passage and chose from them one moment in time to represent that life shift. The individuals’ specific narratives engage the audience, while the images’ ambiguity excites recollections of personal rites of passage from within the viewer’s own journey.

I remember feeling so, so warm. The water was lapping on the dock in a steady rhythm... swish, swish, swish. My older sister was talking nearby with my Uncle, who was easy to smile. I tuned in when she said, "Yes, she is doing so well, she almost died." I turned in surprise, and realized the truth... Click here for full Rite of Passage Narrative

Bee, Screenprint, 18 x 22 in., 2016, $125.00

When I was born I had a heart defect. I was in and out of the hospital as a baby and toddler, and though it healed eventually, the left side of my chest has been bigger than the right ever since. The locker rooms in high school became ordeals... Click for full Rite of Passage Narrative

Glove, Screenprint, 18 x 22 in., 2016, $125.00

"confusion.

is what i felt when my dad sat me down in our living room, to tell me that she wanted to transition into a female.... Click for Rite of Passage Narrative

Wristband, Screenprint, 18 x 22 in., 2016, $125.00

Do you know when your nail tears off?

Do you know that pain?

It is similar to the pain when you realize a part of you that you thought belonged, doesn’t... Click for full Rite of Passage Narrative

Fingernail, Screenprint, 18 x 22 in., 2016, $125.00

Being a twin, my identity growing up was always tied to that aspect of my life. My twin and I were best friends since our childhood. In high school our accomplishments were always the same... Click for full Rite of Passage Narrative

Ruler, Screenprint, 18 x 22 in., 2016, $125.00

Working her fingers to the bone is a phrase that would usually bring to my mind a mental picture of an exhausted pioneer woman dressed in a well-worn drab colored dress with an equally drab apron tied on, lifeless hair blowing in the wind... Click for full Rite of Passage Narrative

Tea Bag, Screenprint, 18 x 22 in., 2016, $125.00

From a very young age I prided myself on being fatalistic, negative, and having a distinct nihilistic view of the world. After college, I regularly went out with a group of close friends... Click for full Rite of Passage Narrative

Stretched, Screenprint, 18 x 22 in., 2016, $125.00

Stepping off the plane with my oversized carry-on in the Bucharest International Airport, I could see ongoing repair projects as I walked to claim my two suitcases from the baggage terminal. One red and one black – those were my college graduation presents... Click for full Rite of Passage Narrative

Key, Screenprint, 18 x 22 in., 2016, $125.00

Rites of Passage

Screenprints, Zene on pedestal

Bethel University, Senior Seminar Exhibition, 2016

Rites of Passage

Zene artist book, 2016, $25

Bethel University, Senior Seminar Exhibition, 2016

Zene artist book, 2016, $25