“We recognize a form, name it and then create a world in response to it. What if we did not name these forms we encounter? Two women, who share a knowledge of life in the far north, attempt to answer this question in the art they make.
“Sarah intends to pursue the notion of Alaskana that she has focused on in her recent pottery – communicating her experience of ‘Alaska’ as a transplant to a Gwich’in community off the road and above the Arctic Circle. Sarah aims to convey a sense of place and of contrasts – producing work that is generous and light, rarified but common, beautiful though not serious. For this exhibit she will endeavor to create new pieces that are as poetic as her geography is.
“Working, in paint and in print, Eloise seeks to express the deep stillness she experienced, living in the expansive landscape of Alaska. Living contemplatively, seemingly unrelated images grasp her attention, lining up to teach her about existence. Presenting this ‘Big Data’ in her work, she asks her audience to pause and sit within it and perhaps see a connection. ‘IT is all there, always!'”