Carolyn Ottmers: Splice
Splice, Carolyn Ottmer’s installation of hanging vines and branches cast in stainless steel create a canopy of silver growth in EAM’s Hostetler Gallery. A hybrid of organic form, technical process and the use of specialized material, plant life that thrives in urban environments inspires the sculptures—like veins breaking through cracks in a sidewalk to clamber up inhospitable concrete walls. Through a mastery of metal casting, Ottmers uses multiples to reflect her interest in the diversity of nature and the industrial production of objects. The construction of Ottmers’ sculpture becomes the intervention of seasonal change by disrupting and freezing organic subjects into immutable objects.