Silent Interiors That Speak by Ruth A. Keitz
November 3 - November 25, 2017
Reception: November 3, 2017; 6 - 9pm
My mixed media collages and constructions reflect my interest in the physicality of objects, their “thingness”: textures, shapes, colors. Regardless of the particular series, message, or symbolism, all my work uses mixed media and often includes a variety of found objects. The stuff of my art is likely to be ropa usada or other man-made discards or the discards of nature.
“Silent Interiors That Speak” explores how we create a space/room where we live and where we work. The Silent Interiors include former classrooms where I have taught, former offices, views from rooms in my home, views of room in what was my sister’s home, and empty rooms in my childhood home. The works are often done as diptychs or triptychs or quadtychs showing the same scene from differing points of view.
HOW WE LOOK OUT OF A ROOM TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD
G-115 Classroom: views through the window of the classroom door, across the hall, through the window of another classroom door, and through the window of that classroom to the outside.
LHSB 1.602 Classroom: the architectural view of the adjacent buildings would change depending on where I stood and the daily weather conditions; the sky, changing and unchanging; walls that were some days impenetrable and other days nonexistent; an entry door with a window that had no view; never determining the exact hue of the neutral white walls, sometimes warm sometimes cool!
View from the Studio: explores the same view which is never the same. Changes in seasonal or daily light create patterns of shadows that harmonize and contrast with the lattice covered pergola and the tile accent. My private patch of sky changes its color. Usually the varying patch of blue is empty, but sometimes I am startled by the glimpse of a fleeting airplane or a bird.
HOW THE OUTSIDE WORLD SPILLS INTO OUR SPACE/ROOM
Night Window: explores images of the darkened sky as seen by the naked eye and as revealed by the unconscious mind at night in dreams: sometimes the sweetly poetic and sometimes the omnia noctis (omens of the night).
Moonrise Rift: explores the sensuous texture of the sky and the palpable quality of its blackness as the brilliant glow of the moon tears and tatters the fabric of night.
G-115 Classroom/Camera Obscura: examines the outside visual world spilling into the classroom. Like the tiny pinhole of the Renaissance camera obscura, the window of the silent, empty room floods the space with the inverted images of the outside world.
HOW PART OF US REMAINS IN A SPACE/ROOM AFTER WE LEAVE
PB1: remembering a shared office space that became an office only for me.
28 Harrison Ave: remembering the rooms of my sister’s home which are now silent.
HOW OUR MEMORY RESHAPES THE PAST OVER THE PASSAGE OF TIME
1601 Pine Hollow Road: looking back over the elapsed years to the spaces and rooms that shaped me.