Opening: Thursday January 17, 6pm
On view: January 18 – March 3, 2019
The Mary E. Black Gallery presents artists K. Claire MacDonald and Susan Avishai in side by side solo shows that explore memory, loss and transformation through the deconstruction/reconstruction of surface design.
Susan Avishai’s body of textile works in Among the Garbage & the Flowers began with the deconstruction of her mothers clothing. Tenderly saving the patterned material by piecing the textiles back together to form soft sculptures; a tangible transformation of memory. Among the Garbage & the Flowers provokes a dialog about material use, to reuse before discarding and to think more consciously about the longevity of what we purchase or make to clothe ourselves.
In Fading Vestiges K. Claire MacDonald applies a painted surface to metal then cuts and shapes it into delicate flowers. Gentle brush strokes and hues touch the surface of her jewelry merging these mediums of formal art and craft. Uncovering a flower press from childhood K. Claire MacDonald opened a small time capsule of perfectly preserved mementos sparking an exploration of Fading Vestiges. The artist draws on various flora as metaphors for memories of people and places.
Both Avishai and MacDonald cross disciplines and explore the deconstruction of surface patterns. Each artist mirrors the other in their use of colors creating a harmonious dialog of personal memory and material exploration in the Mary E. Black Gallery.
“I seek to embrace the intended state of uncertainty. It is in this ambiguity that traces of different disciplines can cross, tangle and dissolve, and move into a new context with greater clarity.” ~ K. Claire MacDonald