Kathleen Gerdon Archer, Fare Well: The Art of Ending

August 30-October 1, 2017
Opening Reception
: Friday, September 8, 2017, 5:00-8:00 pm

  • Kathleen Gerdon Archer

    Insight or Afterglow, Polypropylene Print on Sintra, 50 x 34 inches, 2017.

    Insight or Afterglow
  • Kathleen Gerdon Archer

    Beauty of the World, Polypropylene Print on Sintra, 50 x 34 inches, 2017.

    Beauty of the World
  • Kathleen Gerdon Archer

    A Pulse of Silver, Polypropylene Print on Sintra, 24 x 36 inches, 2017.

    A Pulse of Silver
  • Kathleen Gerdon Archer

    Cryptic Abbreviation, Polypropylene Print mounted on Sintra under Plexiglas, 12 x 12 inches, 2017.

    Cryptic Abbreviation
  • Kathleen Gerdon Archer

    Overtaken by Tears, Polypropylene Print mounted on Sintra under Plexiglas, 12 x 12 inches, 2017.

    Overtaken by Tears
  • Kathleen Gerdon Archer

    Pure Clean Sorrow, Polypropylene Print mounted on Sintra under Plexiglas, 12 x 12 inches, 2017.

    Pure Clean Sorrow
  • Kathleen Gerdon Archer

    Lyrics to a Song, Polypropylene Print mounted on Sintra under Plexiglas, 30 x 15 inches, 2017.

    Lyrics to a Song
  • Kathleen Gerdon Archer

    Mosaic Spinning, Polypropylene Print mounted on Sintra under Plexiglas, 21 x 22 inches, 2017.

    Mosaic Spinning
  • Kathleen Gerdon Archer

    Of Light and Hope, Polypropylene Print mounted on Sintra under Plexiglas, 24 x 22.75 inches, 2017.

    Of Light and Hope
  • Kathleen Gerdon Archer

    Almost Made of Nothing, Polypropylene Print mounted on Sintra under Plexiglas, 24 x 36 inches, 2017.

    Almost Made of Nothing

Press Release
Artist Page

Remembrance and the fragility of life are at the core of Kathleen Gerdon Archer's most recent photographic series, Fare Well: The Art of Ending. Through painterly photographs of constructed ice forms, Archer's work honors people that she has lost. Of the symbolism in her lyrical images she says, "We are all bits and pieces of the generations that came before us, condensed like the lines of minerals that we see in rocks left by glaciers on the New England shore." Archer's photographs capture the quiet melting of ice sculptures she has created. The constructions are intimate time capsules for the person she is memorializing. Personal items from the homes of lost family and friends are placed in a vessel and frozen, layer by layer, scoring lines in the ice that mirror stratum of the earth. The first layer is rock and the second plant matter. The third is seed from plants and birds and the fourth layer is thick with torn family photographs. Subsequent layers are personal memorabilia... jewelry, birth and death announcements, report cards and more. As they melt, Archer photographs the exposed contents. Rocks, seeds, intimate photos, letters and jewelry slowly tumble out of the once solid form. The images are the only documents of her process and preserve the cherished items as precious talismans.