Alice Stone Collins, Saxon Martinez, and Pam Rogers
Curated by Brandy Coons
Three artists address habitat and what lies beneath the surface inside and outside our built environments. The exhibit is on view for only 18 days.
Alice Stone Collins’ paintings address the spaces between, “imaginative myths we inhabit or the structures we call home… I consider stale spaces and bring them to life by exploring their contrasting energies of stasis and comfort, imbalance and woe.” Creating her work with layers of paper mimics the psychological layers illustrated through contrasting visions of single scenes.
Saxon Martinez installs a 10-ft high wall that redefines the physical gallery space, though he leaves the underlying beams and panels exposed to reveal his reflection and research of his Latinx heritage. Drawn from the oldest civilization in Mesoamerica, Olmec symbols are brought forward in time with modern materials that savor and emphasize their monumental history.
Pam Rogers uses sourced plant life in her sculptures and drawings, creating bundles and forms of collected local flora – meditative expressions on our relationship to nature. She describes her work as a botanic magic realism: emphasizing the imaginative manipulation of materials and the way natural processes of decomposition affect the work over time. Her meticulous attention to detail extends to handmade papers, inks, and an ethereal drawing style which pulls together both the scientific nature and creative expression within her work.
Taken together, the exhibit considers interlocking ideas of construction: how we build our structures, how we inhabit them, inherit them, define and escape them.