billow / ripple
In Fort Gallery’s first solo exhibition, Eliza Fernand fills each room with site-specific installations of her craft infused abstractions. With recycled material from clothing, bedding and linens, she has set out to fabricate the ephemeral and mystical formations that occur in the natural world. These installations are crafted with familiar materials and familiar forms, but the scenes are fantasy. Crocheted stalagmites and flowery fabric boulders, a cabinet of curiosities with geodes and shells handmade from clay; each room in the gallery sets a mottled scene of contradictions—composed and organic, material and immaterial, intimate and encompassing. These qualities are played out figuratively and literally throughout the show, as Fernand is investigating atmospheric elements where the only constant is transformation.
Eliza Fernand is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and received her BFA form Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Recently relocated from New York, Fernand has been an artist-in-residence at Peter’s Valley Craft Center in New Jersey; 2Angles in Normandy, France; and Lobot Gallery in Oakland. She has exhibited sculpture, performance, and animation work on both coasts and places in between.
To see the artists work, visit: www.elizafernand.com
Opening Reception Friday, March 6, at 6-9pm, Followed by live music by Beatbeat Whisper, The Blank Tapes, Paleo, and Moot