Opening Reception: Friday, April 29 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, May 12 at 6:30pm (in person with livestream)
Closing Reception: Sunday, May 22 from 10:30am to 12:30pm ( w/ bagels and coffee)
Sarah J. Hull proudly presents her solo exhibition at Studio 1469,Taxonomy of Evanescence. Featuring works primarily from two of her recent series, this exhibition considers the mechanics of awareness and memory and how they interact not only with each other, but also with time and space. These themes converge in the thoughtful meditations on the traces of existence that remain and those that fade. Fading, just as energy fields that extend towards a point where its amplitude decreases
Memories overlap and merge over time. In these works, fabric, threads and paint are layered one upon another to not only create directional movement within the structure of the main geometric elements, but also create forms that gently emerge and recede from the surface and the viewer. Each piece takes on an organic quality creating a dialogue between the materials, “the hand,” and the underlying grid through the use of natural fibers and hand embroidery. The underlying grid provides the ground work where basic forms are mirrored, disrupted, and subjected to rotational symmetries and inversions. In some works, only faint remnants of the grid remains.
Speaking about her work, she says: “Just as I watch a piece unfold as it is created, I hope that each piece manifests slowly to the viewer, increasingly revealing its hand-worked existence. This temporal experience of introspection, inquiry, reflection, and pleasure connects me with the work and the viewer. I hope the intimacy of each piece sparks internal contemplation in the viewer as part of a more complex and responsive experience – just as with an individual’s interaction and connections within the fabric of community and society.”
The naturally occurring rhythmic repetition and variation present in nature, described by science and mathematics and echoed in daily personal existence provides the foundational inspiration for the work. Each piece is at once a meditation on personal exploration, the interconnectedness of individuals, and the greater forces of life itself.
About the artist
Sarah J. Hull, is a Washington DC-based artist whose background in architecture, science, and visual arts come together to inform her work. She is active in her local art community through the District of Columbia Art Center (DCAC), nationally through the New York based National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), and internationally through the UK based Society for Embroidered Work (S.E.W.). She was also a recipient of a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Fellowship Grant. She recently completed her Certificate and began her Diploma studies in Technical Embroidery with the UK based Royal School of Needlework. She was a member of the 2019-2020 DCAC Sparkplug cohort. Her work can be found in private collections in the Washington, DC area; New York, NY; Cambridge, MA; Louisville, KY; Sioux Falls, SD; San Juan, PR and Zurich, Switzerland.
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Studio 1469 is located at 1469 Harvard St. NW (rear).