Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
Pigment of Our Imagination
An exhibition of collaborative and independent work by Samantha Mitchell and Aric Verrastro. The work is currently on display at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery from Oct. 20th to Dec. 13th.
Samantha Mitchell and Aric Verrastro, Recycle, steel, sterling silver, copper, powder coated brass, thread, acrylic paint, 2016
I have recently been displaced from living in a city, which has left an emptiness in my life. The creation of each piece has become a method to fill the void, and a reflection of the many aspects of city living. The forms are architectural, modular, constructed from steel, becoming allegorical representations of the energy of a thriving, vibrant environment. The variations of forms show diversity and are linked to concepts of dancing lights, and the beautiful musical chaos in the streets. Steel is painted with vibrant colors giving vitality to the cold, hard material. Stitching softens the hard-edged forms creating a sense of comfort and approachability paralleling my nostalgia for city life. The thread acts as a metaphorical timeline of an individual’s pathway meandering through the busy streets. Each break in the thread signifies a person amongst the many. Although city living can often create distance between people, there remains a sense of connection and community. As jewelry, the body completes the piece as people fill and give life to architectural spaces, expressing the vitality and connection I feel towards the urban human experience.
Aric Verrastro, That's My Hood, steel, copper, nuts and bolts, polyester cord, PLA, acrylic paint, thread, 2016
Aric Verrastro, Burroughs, steel, polyester cord, PLA, nuts and bolts, thread, acrylic paint, 2016