We are pleased to welcome back to the gallery artist Lynn Whitford, for an exhibition of dynamic hammered metal forms and mixed media sculptures. This artist’s sculptural works portray an expressive conversation between the mind and body.
Lynn says of her work, “I have always been interested in the relationship of objects and language, and over the past 10 years I have tried to bring these two means of communication, the verbal and the visual, together by adding words to pieces, including some in this show. It has given me a chance to externalize my despair at the increasingly depersonalizing world we live in. Some of the wordless pieces are attempts to depict states of anxiety or the tension between inner and outer realities metaphorically.
“I have recently begun a new series of pieces in which I explore the idea of how we think about the migration of humans and plants, which move and evolve and intermix and have ever since life began. As we destroy the climate and the ecosystems around us, which of them/us will have the resilience to survive in the changed circumstances?”
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I have now been doing hollowware – hammering 3D forms out of flat sheet metal – for nearly 30 years. It is a very slow process but satisfies my need to do something expressive, which involves both mind and body in a kind of conversation. What has remained constant in my work is an interest in the beauty of ordinary objects, and in the way objects can seem to have a life of their own and to connect us to fragments of our history. I usually conceive of the bottles in relationship to one another: as we are highly social, so are they. Some are explicitly stand-ins for humans, others less so. What is different in this new work is the addition of words to many of the bottles. The relationship of objects and language has always interested me, but the only evidence of this in my work was in the titles.