Yesterday I got my installation pieces all crated up and shipped to Parchman-Stremmel Galleries in San Antonio TX.
The crate of the figures feels like a packed slave ship....
24 individuals made of cast paper are when shown collectively are called Conscription. The installation creates a conversation between and among the individuals - and of course the viewer to embody a powerful repetition of forms.
The exhibition will be a the Parchman-Parchman-Stremmel Galleries 110 West Olmos Drive, San Antonio TX. I will be at the exhibition on June 6th, in conjunction with the
Gallery Day tours at the International Surface Design Conference. If you are in town, please come visit.
Some photos of an earlier installation of the exhibition:
These are cast using a positive mold with abaca paper pulp and stitched using sinew.
Here is a brief artist statement:
I work to create a level of interest and emotion paying close
attention to the development of pattern and repetition within the pieces
so that there is the need to slow down and focus attention to see
subtly and textures of message and materials. My intention is to
present an image, an emotion, or a place for the viewer to step into a
moment in time where they can fill in their own interpretation,
memories, and story.
The title of the installation; Conscription, carries layered
meaning. Beginning with the obvious definition of the "ideal" form that
women are urged to emulate and the diminution of women,
perceived desired place in our culture, and the power and strength that
come to the individual when in a group of aligned women.
I hope to see you in San Antonio. -janet