WILLIAMSBURG SALON at the Amarin Café
THE WILLIAMSBURG ART & HISTORICAL CENTER invites you to a one person show by a member of the art club "WILLIAMSBURG SALON"
Feb. 11–Mar. 25, 2007
Opening reception Fri, Feb.16th, 6–8 PM
I call my figural soft sculptures Wall Dolls.
The variously textured fabrics that I use are taken from clothing, bedding, upholstery. These are familiar tools of protection and survival that have been employed by humans for a long time.
Many of us grew up having complex relationships with dolls, which serve as mirrors of ourselves. We used them in play to symbolize various social roles. Dolls help us to learn to function as single beings within a larger society.
Both factors, external and internal, allow an intimacy to take place between my Wall Dolls and viewers. Each doll has its own personality, and viewers often develop their own unique relationships with single dolls.
At the moment in my work, I am concentrating on the bird. This animal has fascinated me as far back as I can remember. Its properties of flight and song are unparalleled. Traditional use of the bird as a symbol of the soul, separating from the body in death, is of interest too. But mainly, this is an animal that we love to watch, maybe precisely because it seems so unlike a human. Empathy (or an attempt at it) for creatures different from ourselves is something I strive to ellicit. Empathy is a natural capacity necessary for the survival of many animal living arrangements (for example, that of the social animal homo sapiens). Empathy, coupled with curiosity, leads us to ask all kinds of metaphysical questions. For example, what does this bird feel when it is flying? What happens when a creature dies?...The questions asked, in turn, transport us beyond our limited, routine, day-to-day existence. By stimulating the imagination, they make life exciting, mysterious and beautiful.