The Folk Tree presents “bODy pARts”, an exhibition focusing on human anatomy and physiognomy as vehicles through which to explore issues such as body image, beauty, identity, nature, science, violence, and the bizarre. The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Saturday, August 28, from 2 – 6 P.M.
This invitational includes steel sculpture by Michael Amescua, 3D mixed media by Patricia Anders, mixed media paintings by Winifred Brewer, ceramic sculpture by Beverly Crist, wood sculpture by Kenneth Goldman, acrylic painting on wood and tin respectively by Nancy Romero and Joel Nakamura, fiberwork by Dinah Sargeant, assemblage by Dan Van Clapp, and knotting by Darlyn Susan Yee.
Some of the objects on display comment on concepts of beauty and traditional gender roles, as in the collaged paintings of Brewer and Crist’s ceramics. Amescua fabricates over-sized steel milagros referencing the religious charms used for healing and as votive offerings throughout Latin America. Romero addresses physical pain and illness in her disconnected body parts created from cutout and painted wood, but also recalls the joys of breastfeeding in another piece.
The human tendency towards violence, mankind’s foibles and thirst for power are all rich sources for the disturbing and darkly humorous assemblages of Van Clapp. Van Clapp’s studio is an “arsenal” of found objects, waiting to become part of his provocative tableaux. He comments, “Like Monty Python and Mash, my work is a satirical spoof of deadly serious themes — a fun house mirror reflecting the absurdity of our popular culture construction of war and patriotism.”
Anders shows "pop surrealist", edgy, slightly grotesque, and somewhat Tim Burtonesque figures. The artist describes the process by which she conceived of pieces for this show, “I woke up at 4:30 in the morning…First I thought of hybrids and then I thought about Dr Frankenstein, sewing together parts to create a person/creature and decided, that would be my approach.”
The human body and its individual components are powerful visual symbols, and each artist represented in this exhibition interprets the theme in fascinating and unique ways.