For Every Entrance, There Must Be An Exit.
Wrought from a very heart-wrenching, but necessary journey, “Exits Exist” is a look into the process of trying to gain closure from heartbreak, pain, the past, and lovers—and not getting lost in the pursuit. Representing the cyclical nature of love and its insanity, this exhibit is broken down into the four worlds or stages one may go through after heartbreak, within LOVE:
(L)and of Pain
(O)cean of Tears
(V)alley of Death & Despair
(E)ternity in Hell
In the show, there are seven women who each symbolize one of the seven deadly sins. On the surface level, each woman is, at times, used to get over a break-up, never to be taken serious in the first place. Yet, they each exude a strength and weakness that is the sin they represent. Ultimately, each becomes a victim to the very thing that presented them as attractive or wanted in the first place.
The man here is lost and numb, unable to feel anything deeper than that surface-level connection which stirs intrigue. Still grappling with the pain of heartbreak, he sees things in these women that trigger his past relationship, flipping a switch and igniting him to make these women feel the pain the past has bought him, in order to truly “help” them become better and not blinded by their weakness. They are then able to use their weakness as a strength wholeheartedly, deeply producing a butterfly effect of sorts.
Throughout all of this, though, these women were never the ultimate goal, but rather casualties of a war within the man himself. Every time he “gets rid” of one of them, it symbolizes him shedding the layers of immaturity and the very things that got him to a place where he has lost his loves. By the end, it would be assumed that the parting of the women means self-analysis, awareness, and growth—but is it really? That is the ultimate question, open to the viewer’s interpretation.
It has taken a long time to get to this, and I'm still digging deeper, but I wanted and needed to get this out. As the user post-break-up, I experienced a heightened awareness the whole time, until I found myself extremely lost in it. My intent is to showcase the journey; connect with the audience, who may be able to relate; and create dialogue through the experience. Every show forces people into a place where it can be uncomfortable for most, but it is ultimately to help, showing that the answers are always in the pursuit—the end should not be the focus. Things happen, and when they do, you must feel, learn and grow.