IN THE MAIN & CENTER GALLERIES
Kathleen Gerdon Archer: As Above, so Below
February 4 - March 1, 2015
Between Sun and Geography
Polypropylene print mounted on 6 mil white Sintra behind 1/8th-inch plexiglas, 40 x 27 inches, 2014.
Blue stars shiver in the distance
Polypropylene print mounted on 6 mil white Sintra behind 1/8th-inch plexiglas, 29 x 50 inches, 2014.
Quietness at last
Polypropylene print mounted on 6 mil white Sintra behind 1/8th-inch plexiglas, 20 x 40 inches, 2014.
Kathleen Gerdon Archer's work considers the accumulated effect of place, genetics and history on the individual and the family. This series is a momento mori for her family history and echoes Archer's interest in the geological evidence shaping the coastal New England landscape. She collects stones, seeds, family photographs and personal ephemera from a particular location. These collected elements are arranged in receptacles and frozen, layer by layer, to build conglomerate structures. After removal from the containers, she photographs the icy constructions at intervals, as they disintegrate. It is a constant surprise that these layers of common elements, held together by such a fragile architecture, reveal such an intricate configuration of content. The final images, presented in large format here, are those which have the greatest personal meaning for the artist.