This spring the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University takes a
fresh look at age-old ideas with New Passages, an exhibition of
works by Bay Area artists Mari Andrews and Ann Holsberry.
"Taking Flight" by Ann Holsberry is one of more than a dozen works on display at Santa Clara University's de Saisset Museum. See New Passages now through June 15th. (Photo credit: Ann Holsberry, "Taking Flight")
Featuring more than twenty pieces, the majority of which have not been
shown previously, New Passages investigates notions of
navigation, migration, time keeping, and travel. Together the artists
begin to uncover the metaphorical, philosophical, and personal meanings
behind these ideas. Working separately, but on parallel paths, each
artist gives visual form to the idea of "passage." For Andrews, the
concept embodies transition, directionality, motion, and time. In
Holsberry's work there is a connection to and fascination with the
earth's migratory movements.
For nearly two decades Andrews and Holsberry hav occupied studio space
in the same Emeryville cooperative. They have known each other as
artists and friends, but have always worked independently, pursuing
their own artistic investigations of various themes, forms, and
materials. Andrews' work reflects years of experience drawing and
meticulously collecting disparate materials. She uses myriad
objects-both natural and manmade-to create delicate and intriguing three
dimensional works. Though sculptural in form, her creations are, in
essence, tangible drawings. Like Andrews, Holsberry also utilizes a
range of materials in her work. Yet, regardless of her choice of medium,
Holsberry's pieces maintain a graceful, painterly quality. There is
elegance to her work that transcends her materials, finding its way into
each carefully executed piece.
In her latest series, Andrews looks to instruments of directionality and
time-keeping for inspiration. Spending hours researching compasses and
sundials from around the world and across the ages, these forms become
the jumping-off point for her creations. There is a relationship between
the works she creates and the images and objects that inspire them, but
the forms are never copied. Instead, they are translated, distilled, and
transformed into new, hybrid objects built from a variety of materials.
The completed works embody the artist's reflections on the challenges of
navigating the world physically, emotionally, and socially, yet they are
open-ended and invite the viewer to lend his or her own interpretations
to the work.
Holsberry's recent series takes migration as its central theme, but does
so in a way that is fluid and ever-changing. Using a combination of
source materials-her Qi Gong meditation and movement practice, images
from the Hubble Space Telescope, old maps, and her collection of nests,
feathers, and other ephemera-Holsberry creates stunningly beautiful
works that engage the viewer and encourage deeper reflection. Her pieces
draw inspiration from nature and her fascination with migratory
birds-which often appear as metaphorical symbols in her work-but her
meditations on migration also delve deeper. Her works map emotional
territory born from semi-annual trips to France and the experience of
seeing family move to distant places. Though deeply personal,
Holsberry's work maintains an important universality, drawing on the
individual, yet shared, experience of moving from one place to another.
New Passages runs through June 15, 2014.
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