Artist Asha Fuller Puzzle
b. 1978, Tennessee, currently working and living in New York City
Title: White Elephant
Jigsaw Puzzle Size: 18" x 24" (457mm x 418mm) 500 pieces, Eska Premium Board.
Traditional Jigsaw Puzzle with 500 pieces with dynamic colors.
Collector Edition of 20 + 2 AP
Signature Details: White Elephant ( Collage 12) , 14” x 17”, Collage on paper, 2020
This work is part of the artist’s visual and intellectual examination of the concept of paradox. His study reflects the symbiotic relationship between creation and destruction, relating to the nature of change itself. Creating a collage requires seeking, studying, dismantling, and reassembling in order to realize one’s vision and find new meanings in the whole, extracted from its component parts. This process becomes vital to the end result. By assembling photographs of existing art from auction catalogs, Fuller is reimagining the nature, relationships, and value of the works from their original context. In title, subject matter, and process, White Elephant references Western and Eastern colloquial definitions. In Western culture, the icon of the white elephant symbolizes a possession that is useless or troublesome, especially one that is expensive to maintain or difficult to dispose. In contrast, in Buddhist symbolism, a white elephant is rare and given special significance. It is often considered sacred and symbolizes royalty in Thailand and Burma, where it is also revered as a symbol of good luck. The significance of White Elephant lies in the paradox between the two cultures it represents.
Artist Certificate: Each puzzle comes with an artist certificate.
Biography: Asha Fuller is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. Much of Fuller’s work is informed by his international heritage and atypical upbringing. Expanding upon his diverse background, he states, “My life is a fusion of disparate cultures, influences, ideas, and experiences, that I am constantly exploring and reconciling.” These efforts are exemplified by the artist’s use of diverse techniques and subject matter to explore deeply personal ideas in his attempt to encounter the universal. His 15-year career as a photographer and director has given him a profound understanding of the power of imagery and a sophisticated understanding of technique. In recent work, Fuller has begun to stretch the limits and “best practices” of these tools to expand the narrative of his visual study. Previously, he explored the complexities of identity by challenging cultural stereotypes in No Place Like Home, where he combined photographic portraits of residents of his small southern hometown with personal interviews of the subjects, thereby creating a dynamic contrast between the imagery and the stories. In Recovery to Renaissance, a photographic essay of the post-Hurricane Sandy destruction and subsequent recovery of New York City’S Rockaway Beach community, we see Fuller’s first examination of creation amidst great destruction.