Nancy Sutor's Absence/Presence

 
 

January 13 - February 25, 2006

The images of plants and trees in Nancy Sutor's exhibit Absence/Presence were created by the primal markmaking power of light and chemistry and represent the cycle of the seasons. They are reverse silhouettes, the patterns and objects are light not dark and are not objects at all but the shadows of objects -- removed and ephemeral, lucid abstractions of  concrete and material things. The real subject however is time, the space between, a state of imminent change, where movement and stillness meet. Even though they are made in the sun these prints know the moon, the darkness and the healing that happens in sleep, in the dark dirt where seeds germinate.

ABSENCE/PRESENCE

The apple tree, the lily and the chrysanthemum
live  in the garden, the pot and the vase.  
Gardeners create cultivated and controlled  
environments to commemorate and civilize
our genetic link to the wilderness.

Through the seasons plants and trees
bud, bloom,
leaf out, bear fruit,
change color, drop leaves, go dormant.

Rocks and weeds are removed,
topsoil enriched, trees and perennials are planted, 
parts are erased parts are added, 
a garden is made

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These images of plants and trees are created
by the primal markmaking power of light and chemistry
and represent the cycle of the seasons through one year  
and like the plants themselves depend on light
and weather for manifestation.

They are reverse silhouettes, the patterns and objects
are light not dark and are not objects at all
but the shadows of objects -- removed and  
ephemeral, lucid abstractions
of  concrete and material things.

The real subject however is time,
the space between,
a state of imminent change,
where movement and stillness meet.

Even though they are made in the sun
these prints know the moon,
the darkness and the healing that happens in sleep,
in the dark dirt where seeds germinate.

Nancy Sutor

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