Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17 | 3-5pm
Free and open to the public
My sculpture consists of repeated, organic forms. They hang on the wall, lean up against the wall or are free-standing. They look somehow familiar, as if forms from nature, such as seed pods or cocoons or are reminiscent of ancient utensils, such as cups or scoops. But even though they are similar in size, color and form, each element is subtly unique and when presented together they form a cohesive whole.
I believe that my work communicates on several different levels. I am making a statement on nature and the structures it sometimes utilizes to become stronger and thus survive. Look at a compound leaf, the eye of a fly or the tentacles of a jellyfish and you find multiple forms that work together towards one achievement: survival. Survival is life’s most basic instinct, and I am interested in exploring how it is achieved.
I am also very interested in women’s creative work from the past. Traditionally, most craftwork has an element of repetition to it, such as quilting, needlepoint, knitting, weaving and so on. This duplication of elements is intrinsic to the structure of the entire object and it is this use of multiples to create a cohesive whole that interests me.
– Wendy Gordon
New or original art or ideas are presented. We question, critique, contemplate, ruminate and finally things either stay with us or they don’t. The images that affect us stay with us, enrich us, with thought, wonder, awe, sometimes shock, sometimes joy.
I leave the response and interpretation of these pieces to the viewer. Concept is not strict, set or predetermined. Please free associate.
This work is the result of an evolution of process and history. Form or the illusion of form in abstract two dimensional work has been an important element in my process as a painter. My two dimensional works are deconstructionist, image related, breaking down forms and rethinking them. I have done and considered the same moving into three dimensions. The images are inspired by my surroundings, nature, events, an article read. Anything that impacts my thoughts, inspires a form, shape or idea is then explored in a visual format.
Ms Smith received a 2022 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
– Karen Titus Smith