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Vital Art Project: Safe Deposit Box
My art making stems from a primitive instinct to “hunt, gather, build”. The ritual brings to mind that the use of commonplace, castoff materials, each possessing past and present context, are a metaphor for life itself. With generational change come new expectations for story-telling. Assemblage has the potential to explain our feelings of well-being or make an argument for or against human and natural imperfection. As a contemporary practice, the media of assemblage embodies the ideas of multi-discipline art and yet remains sensitive to it’s history. My work fuses a Dadaist affinity for chance, hard edged industrial aesthetics, and the meditative qualities of color relationships.
Focusing on the immediacy of ephemeral material, fugitive color and light, and the idea that forms change to rift in time and space, the Box Top Series moralizes my belief that the lost innocence of play can be found in these easy to-assemble structures in which repeated use of one simple component generates a flexible, hyper-articulated abstraction. Improvised in the moment, using circus colored packaging, stored in archival boxes and displayed as the resultant tableaux, they are meant to appeal as an offering in consumer vernacular.
Vital Art Project Show: EcoFest 2018
Mimi Peterson led the efforts to make a new addition to EcoFest 2018 through a fine art collection. In addition to her work, she included the following artists: Catherine Cajandig, Vandana Gala, Erik R. Peterson, Marilyn Propp, I. Carmen Quintana and Gwendolyn C. Skaggs. The project’s goal is to “challenge ideas of indifference and detachment toward life and human interconnectedness to the environment.”
Check out our page on EcoFest for more information on the event.
Photo credits to Gateway Technical College and Adele Helmle.