March 14–April 16, 2016, Front Street
Opening Reception Wednesday, March 30, 6–8 pm
Curated by Anna Macrae
These two artists, when invited to exhibit, embraced the opportunity by challenging themselves to make a new body of work for this exhibition, pushing their artist practice beyond what they had expected in this stunning collaborative show exploring anthropology and notions of evolving cultures.
“Roots” can be interpreted in many different ways. The larger and more complex meaning; “where do we come from?” is the response that links the work of Valaree Cox and Sandi Bransford.
Sandi’s clay/mixed media sculpture is based on the human or animal/human hybrid figure, while Valaree’s layered, textured collage paintings are more painterly and literal. Yet each artist is interested in exploring the foundation or “roots” of their histories, memories and experiences. From anthropology to family trees, both artists have explored new territory resulting in art of a deeply personal and complex nature, each driven by the desire to delve into the past.
What’s your migration story or family history? We invite you to share your roots with us by using the hashtag #artEASTroots on Facebook or Twitter.
Author Talk, April 13, 7–8 pm
Join us for a special event, Seeking Your Roots, from 7–8 pm on April 13. Author and genealogist Carolyn Schott will discuss the learning and satisfaction you can experience when seeking your roots. Carolyn is the author of Yes You! Yes Now! Seeking Your Ancestral Roots.