Memorial Day Weekend exhibit by the sea
Gloves and laundry baskets have woven through the warp and weft of my life; sometimes a dominating and exhausting presence, and at others, a comforting and reassuring backdrop. Gloves, the omnipresent and versatile accessory, form the preoccupation of the Gloves series and stand witness to labors of love: caregiving, housekeeping, and artmaking. Representations of laundry baskets mark moments when a daunting heap of laundry to be folded became a welcome place of warmth as my toddler rolled around in it, delighting in the fragrance and feel of freshly laundered fabric. As she grew older, the ‘dunes’ occasionally became a place for congeniality as we folded laundry together, conversing, or in silence.
The ordinary and the routine hold milestones and memories that make life, and form spaces that have served as a fertile bed for creativity for artists through generations. That’s not all. Irish poet Michael Longley points out that in times of great duress, “sanity itself depends on these banal, commonplace little things.”The art on display is an attempt to celebrate that commonplace, and as Krista Tippet says, “reassert the liveliness of ordinary things.”
A closer look at the "Gloves" series.