Renata Grec gilman, Art in Public Places
Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library (Site b), August 31 - September 27, 2021
Alchemy and Bones
I have always had a very strong connection to Mother Earth and am very grateful that in recent years I am able to spend more and more time with her. The magic and intricate beauty of her mastery is my inspiration.
When we allow ourselves to pause in time and space we start noticing what otherwise would be missed. The world becomes “smaller” but with that perceived limitation we actually expand, both in resources and experience. We notice the greatness of minute creations, textures, repetition of patterns, the beauty of decay, and the fluidity of death and rebirth in the form and shape…
My mission here is to bring some of that to the viewer.
I was a resident of Saratoga Springs for over 30 years. Now I spend my time between Saratoga and Hatteras Island of NC. I submerge myself in the natural environment of each location and draw from it, which is reflected in my creations.
In this body of work I am studying the Alchemy of inks and natural dyes that I create from the local plants, and imprints created by rusty objects on both rice paper and silk fabric. I explore layering of materials with random placement as well as more organized, ancient Japanese method of folding called Shibori.
As the land erodes I walk the beaches and collect its pieces
Grasses uprooted, scattered on the sand
Bones, cleaned by the ocean and bleached by the sun
Driftwood and sticks of trees that are no more
Sorrow, so heavily present in my heart
I gather, I weave…
Gilman's exhibition is up for public viewing August 31 - September 27 at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY, Monday-Thursday, 9am-7pm, Friday, 9am-6pm, Saturday, 9am-5pm
Saratoga Arts' programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.