We were recently acquired two new prints from Philadelphia artist Heather McMordie, for our upcoming 2013 Winter Contemporary Show (opening November 15th!). We are very excited by these prints- they are color woodcuts with hand-cut paper elements- and both come from a series of five prints, entitled Not Made For Each Other.
Here is what the artist had to say about the series- her inspiration and method for working:
” Nature—specifically the intersections of rock, plant, and soil—is the driving source of imagery behind my work. There is a resilience to the natural world, an ability to adapt even in the harshest conditions, while still maintaining integrity. Trees drop branches to replenish nutrient-deprived soils; root systems foster micro-organisms to break soil into usable parts; water slowly rolls over stone to carry fragments downstream to fruitful deposits of sediment. The inorganic, the organic, and the zone where the two intermingle—all three are inextricably dependent in a delicate balance, a balance that prevails despite drastic threats to its order.
The idea of resilience and order in the midst of opposing forces is explored in my most recent body of work. In Not Made For Each Other, woodblocks carved with independently derived imagery are printed on top of one another to create one image out of two. The blocks themselves are not made for use together, but with careful color selection and deliberate compositional choices, a cohesive image emerges. These prints reflect the incomprehensibility of the pairings one finds in nature. They challenge the preconceived notions of what colors, shapes, and textures should or should not “work together”, and demonstrate the ability of an object to adapt in relation to another object.”
We hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into our 2013 Winter Contemporary Show. Make sure you check back for new updates about the upcoming exhibit, including more previews of the selected prints!