CREATIVE HABITATS presents three North Carolina artists who independently present natural, created, and altered habitats in their chosen media. As expected within the galleries of Waterworks, viewers will be amazed, inspired, and challenged by the works in this spring exhibition.
The Artists of CREATIVE HABITATS
Lorraine Turi's Last Seen is a collection of photographs that have been taken at the last place a species was seen in the wild before going extinct. Through extensive research lists of extinct species have been translated into visual context in order to create a photographic reference. Some of the research has led to re-tracing the footsteps of explorers who witnessed and documented the decline and destruction of a particular species. The images in Last Seen serve as a memorial. The photographs themselves are data made visible, a visceral connection between the lost species and humanity.
The time period covered in Last Seen is the current period of geologic time, the Holocene, Late Quaternary Period, or Sub Atlantic period, which dates from about 1500ce. The Holocene Epoch spans the time that humans have occupied the planet and considers the effect that humans have had on the earth and its inhabitants since the rise of civilization.
“I am an outsider-visionary artist of 17 years,” says Adam Wensil in describing himself. “My art has fondly been called ‘organized clutter’ in that I use ordinary objects in unexpected ways to create a new and memorable experience.”
Adam works in three areas: sculpture (the human figure), wire panels, and whimsy (fun, fast, anything goes), and his exhibition, Off Kilter (specifically referring to The Gilda House creation) is comprised of all three.
Gilda House has a dynamic, amazing story about five unique individuals and their loving pets who choose to share life together in the OFF KILTERworld of Gilda House. A Pop Art expression, with architecture and furnishings inspired by Corbusier, and rich, Raphaelite colors, Adam constructed Gilda House from items given to him by strangers and friends. It is an art piece, not a dollhouse. The official music for Gilda House is “Imagine,”by John Lennon.
Diagnosed with bi-polar disease thirty years ago, Adam says, “My artwork is all about me and my interpretation of life, including my fears and phobias…. It is my expression through art that allows me to (be in) better control (of) my life.”
After 28 months of work, The Gilda House is still a work in progress. “My goal in art is always ‘completion not perfection.’” The Gilda House IS ADAM.
Alix Hitchcock’s current colorful works on paper are one-of-a-kind gelatin monotype prints with themes of humans and animals and their relationship to each other and their natural environment. The pieces’ abstracted environments use a silhouette format so that the images create layers of transparency, ambiguous spatial relationships, and recognizable, but still mysterious forms—leading to colorful, movement-filled compositions, which may have an undertone of danger or anticipation.
The works are created by printing on a gelatin plate using hand-drawn stencils with water-based printmaking inks and sometimes the addition of colored pencil. Hitchcock wants to communicate with the viewer a sense of awe in the presence of Nature, and bring the viewer into each artworks’ world of movement and mystery.