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Ann Wessmann: Gathering: An Homage

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 to Sunday, 1 December 2019
Friday, 1 November 2019 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

In my studio practice, I explore themes relating to time, memory, beauty and the ephemeral, with a focus on the strength and fragility of human beings and the natural world. With a background in fiber and textile processes, I develop objects and installations through repetition and the accumulation of a variety of materials. Materials are chosen for their expressive potential; translucent vellum, various personal mementos such as locks of hair from family members, texts from family journals and letters, or natural materials such as plants, shells, stones, or bones. The works have a strong relationship to text and textiles, pattern, transformation, order and chaos, landscape and the body.

I hope to engage the viewer through the physicality of materials and through the use of scale. Viewers often confront works which mirror the human body. Larger scale installations may surround the viewer. In some cases works of a small scale are created requiring the viewer to look from a very close perspective.

While the work may begin as a personal commemoration of the life of a family member or a place or in the current work, a tree, my hope is that the work will have universality and will remind viewers of their own history and relationships.

In the exhibition, Gathering, I pay tribute to trees in a broad sense, while focusing on a few trees that are of particular importance to me. I have come to developing this body of work after going through a process of observation and discovery, gathering and sorting the many objects that fall to the ground from trees, such as leaves, twigs, nuts, hulls, seeds and leaf bracts. These are important but generally overlooked and discarded materials.

The works in the Main Gallery are all gathered from the various plant materials that fell from one of a pair of horse chestnut trees in the yard of the home where I grew up in Scituate. These trees have been a part of my life for almost 67 years and the objects in the exhibition serve as homage to the trees that have existed for so many years, going through their cycle of life as I go through mine. The work also serves as a memorial for one of the trees which, after many years of decline, died a couple of years ago.

The installation "Homage to the Linden Tree", in the Center Gallery focuses on a linden or basswood tree in a school yard that is directly behind my home and small urban backyard in Dorchester. I can see it from my kitchen window, but I have developed a relationship with it through the leaf bracts that fly into my yard and have inspired me.


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Other shows from Kingston gallery

Joan Baldwin: Solitary
10/30/2019 to 12/01/2019
Ann Wessmann: Gathering: An Homage
10/30/2019 to 12/01/2019
Julie S Graham: Unexpected Places
04/03/2019 to 04/28/2019
Jamal Thorne: Timestream Muckery
04/03/2019 to 04/28/2019


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