Ravel | LUX Center for the Arts | Art Gallery, Classes, Summer Camps & Outreach



01/08/2021 - 5:00pm
January 8th, 2021 to March 26th, 2021
Exhibition Description

Ravel is word that can be both verb and noun. As a noun, ravel means a tangle, cluster or knot, which can include a quality of beauty, such as “a lovely ravel of flowers”.  In verb form it is one of a small group of English words that mean the same as their opposite--ravel and unravel both can mean to untangle something.  All of these meanings describe this exhibition of wrapped, twisted and assembled objects created during 2020, which is also a year to which the term ravel can be applied on multiple levels.

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Artist Statement

My art is a marriage of industrial or utilitarian materials and the sensuous forms of nature. I utilize these materials, many of which are found, recycled, or salvaged, in an ongoing effort to reveal beauty in unlikely places. The surfaces or forms constructed in my studio reflect and emulate the beauty and mystery of nature and natural phenomena, akin to the idea of biomimicry. I love nature’s precise order as well as its captivating dishevelment (think tangled vines or water rushing over jagged rocks). Observations of this energy and freedom contained within structure continually direct my creative process.

I combine precise techniques, such as wrapping wire with narrow fabric strips, with improvisational, seemingly random creation of organic forms.  Working intuitively, my process involves decision making at every point. By manipulating materials in ways and for contexts for which they were never intended, such as crumpling wire fencing or mangling neatly rolled wire into organic forms, I embrace creative transformation to form objects and installations that are alluring and nourishing to the imagination.

Fiber / Textiles

Upcoming Exhibits

Mary Koziol
10/7/22 to 11/26/22
Mary Koziol
11/4/22 to 12/30/22
Multiple Mediums
Neil Celani
12/2/22 to 1/27/23
Kristine Allphin
1/6/23 to 2/25/23
Multiple Mediums
Kathleen Cartier
2/3/23 to 3/24/23
Multiple Mediums

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