Eversion is a biological term for the ability of an organism to turn itself inside out. For example, a sea cucumber can eject its internal organs to distract attacking predators. The sea cucumber sacrifices some vital functions for ultimate survival. Similarly, many introverts have become adept at temporarily everting their personalities to function in extroverted contexts. This prepared performance is simultaneously action and reaction, assertion and retreat. However convincing this transformation, it can be physically, emotionally, and mentally taxing on the individual. Cultural, educational, and professional environments do not often provide introverts the intervals of sanctuary necessary to revitalize themselves.
Everted Sanctuaries V communicates about the complex needs of introverts. Introversion is explored through object transformation, kinetic sculpture, material, and sound. Transformed objects become metaphors to exhibit the often uncomfortable process of becoming uncharacteristically extroverted. These essays establish the importance of sanctuary for introverts and ask viewers to consider the depth and vulnerability concealed beneath their silent surfaces.