Seethe Hiss Rumble
the plumb

October 1st - December 11th, 2022

Seethe Hiss Rumble reinterprets the figure of the ‘guardian beast’ in folklore and mythology: Hades’ three-headed canine and keeper of the gates of the Underworld —the Cerberus— specifically. Transforming the plumb bar into a site of protection, this project expands upon the bar as the first mediating structure a visitor encounters before entering the gallery’s two underground exhibitions spaces. By invoking the spirit of the creature and their watchful gaze, Ocampo has sown a spell of safekeeping for the artworks after-hours; mirroring the plumb’s actual security measures for each room.

Rather than a straightforward depiction of the creature, Ocampo is interested in the elusive entities in folklore and horror cinema such as the Loch Ness Monster or the Blair Witch: Their presences are felt but the entirety of their visible form is never truly revealed, or is only shown in fragments. There is intrigue in the suggestion of the beast alone (aka what you don’t see). Seeking to embodying this mystery, Seethe Hiss Rumble alludes to the beast through illustrating a distorted accumulation of the hellhound’s defining features, multiplied by three:

- Six eyes — molten, reptilian, feigning, mitosis, and metallic (a coin used to pass through the river Styx)
- A trio of fire breathing serpents for a tail
- A line of fangs, eager
- Twelve legs sprinting in unison

Working within the practice of combining the mythological and the nostalgic, Seethe Hiss Rumble references the flat, graphic qualities of both ancient tapestries and the side scroll of retro video games. Together, this work presents a stylized retelling of a primordial battle. Smaller vignettes on panels are placed throughout the composition, further referencing these two separate aesthetic interests. These include a floating check point, health bars, flora and an adversary who manifests as a statue of the mythological sphinx; the feline challenger to this canine foe as it stands in opposition, forever guarding their owner’s otherworldly gateway.







Seethe Hiss Rumble
Acrylic and acryla gouache on canvas and panel
Dimensions Variable
2022


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