English Kills Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Stratum, the first solo show by artist Tescia Seufferlein. Stratum combines clothing and painting into an emotional sculptural assemblage of new work by the artist. It will be open to the public from January 19th until February 17th.
Stratum displays sculptural paintings that utilize iconic clothing to embody a single emotional state through an abstract form. The evocative, draping forms in Seufferlein’s work capture the colliding moment of beautiful optimism met with daunting pessimism. This exhibition is an accumulation of fabric and clothing, along with a dramatic color scheme that provokes a haunted interiority. These sculptures are a collision of perfection and decomposition.
Specific elements of Stratum include three sculptural wedding gowns hanging from the ceiling, forcing the viewer to walk amongst them, peering through what remains of each. The symbol of the white gown representing perfect bliss in a single moment, is in contrast and competition with the distressed and tarnished nature of it. The ‘Test Pit’ includes 20 miniature tank tops that descend in gradation from completely clean to entirely destroyed. These tiny tanks, trapped like butterflies between glass symbolize growing old, starting out perfect and stain free, ending deteriorated and unrecognizable.