Samantha M. Eckert
Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2015, MFA in Visual Art
Vermont Studio Center, 2012, Artist residency
Vermont Studio Center, 2011, Artist residency
The Institute of American Indian Arts, 2011, Certification in Museum Studies
Anderson Ranch art center, 2010, Artist residency
A little bit about the work I make: I regularly return to building structures with scorched popsicle sticks and hot glue. The scorched popsicle stick is a material that is versatile, it's inherent nature enables affect in many forms. In addition to popsicle stick towers, I build objects which hang in space or mount on a wall. Objects which teeter somewhere between the real and the abstract, between memory and shadow. Ghostly structures made of chaos and order, welded together by webs of glue which capture a prey of light and imagination. In my mind the towers signify ruins of a city, or the bones of ancestors. My intention while making this work is to provide a suggestion of comfort and a shelter of impermanence, similar to a veil which reveals and conceals.
Artist Statement: My work continues to be inspired by work made by my late Italian/Middle Eastern mother and grandmother. Their handwork produced crocheted tablecloths and bedspreads, knitted sweaters and blankets. These objects they’ve created remain, long after they've departed. Their imaginations embedded into the fibers. Their work, treasures which have become to me heirloom, artifact, relic. Like theirs, my hands also sew, paint, knit, and build structures. Hand work driven by muscle memory, their need to make passed on to mine. I am interested in the space between real and abstract, between my memory and the residual memory from my ancestors. By exploring these shadows, a history that is both global and personal, a story emerges.
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