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Elissa Farrow-Savos

The sculptures I create are somewhat inside out.  I take what is inside our heads and hearts, and represent those things through form and found objects, on the outside of the figure.  The effect is to turn the personal into the universal, and the secret into the known.  In doing this I sculpt a figure that gives physical form to stories most can recognize, but perhaps have not spoken of.  They are each a narration of an inner world revealed – the moments that we never thought to share, and the feelings that we are not quite sure we should feel about our bodies, our families, and our choices.

The actual pieces are a process all my own.  As I sculpt, I push the polymer clay past its intended size and boundaries, then incorporate found objects, and finally paint the baked clay with layers of oils.  All parts share importance, but the actual objects – rusty metal and weathered wood, decaying bones and empty boxes, scraps of fabric and bits of paper – this abandoned debris connects the sculptural world I have created to the actual world of the viewer.  They are a bridge from my imagination to theirs, and although the story I mean to tell may differ from what the viewer ultimately takes away, what is most important is that we have shared the tale.

Elissa Farrow-Savos
46815 Gunflint Way
Sterling VA 20164
571.594.1138
efarrowsavos@gmail.com
EFarrowSavos.com

Pam Rogers

Pam Rogers works with a broad array of organic materials to create fluid, abstract works on paper as well as large-scale nature based sculptures and installations.  She creates her works on paper utilizing plant and soil pigments and often making the paper as well.  Her sculptural installations are assembled from an array of vegetation in various stages of bloom and decay.  In all her works, Rogers addresses the complex relationship between individuals and nature, sustainability and growth, past and present.

Rogers’ sculptural installations, whether suspended or earth-bound use locally found flowers, leaves, and herbs, along with fiber and disjunctive pieces of hardware and are bound into massive, compelling forms that are infused with an ominous beauty.  She grounds the work into the current season and creates them to be site-specific by incorporating organic materials that reflect the shifting cycles of nature, while utilizing plants relevant to a specific place.

Rogers’ two-dimensional works reveal dense passages of paint while complemented by a strong use of negative space.  She evokes a profusion of natural imagery, often counter-balanced by decay, elements that choke or bind, and sometimes s suggestion of tiny creatures hopelessly trapped in the mass of organic matter.  Yet in her continuing examination of the complex relationship between people, plants, and place, Rogers never loses sight of the beauty inherent in the cyclical character of nature.  The artist has observed, “I am always intrigued by presenting beauty with elements that challenge the viewer to question what lurks beneath.”

Pam Rogers
Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd
Studio #209
Arlington, VA 22201
pamrogersart.com
pam@pamrogersart.com

 

Page Turner

My delicate sculptures are sewn and constructed entirely by hand, using heirlooms, preserved animal parts, domestic tools, and sacred objects.  My work honors the high art of domestic skills and is a reflection of femininity.  Each sculpture in my series A Stitch in Time Saves Nine is a totem of a specific woman who helped to forge my identity.

As a child, I was steeped in Mormon culture and taught by elders who strongly defined and enforced gender roles and responsibilities.  These sisters emphasized domestic skills and traditions to ensure my proper education.  While under the sisters’ tutelage, I discovered the sacredness of personal objects and how they truly reflect our identity as women.

I have always been bewitched by what is kept and saved, and by objects that are perceived to have little to no value.  I am attuned especially to objects and tools that women have owned or own, such as material remnants, and the everyday mementos that someone saves—sentimental objects, trifles, trinkets, and sundries.

 

Page Turner
www.pageturnerstudios.com
208 4th Street, Roanoke, VA 24016
Roanoke, VA
(open by appointment only)

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