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Sarah Wise: Art at Division
June 2011

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cre · na · tion (noun) : the state of being or becoming shrunken with a notched or indented edge; the process animal cells undergo following hypertonic immersion

A hypertonic cell environment has a higher concentration of solutes, and proportionately less water, or solvent, than does the animal cell. Immersed in such a condition, the cell will naturally seek equilibrium through osmosis, letting water flow out through its walls and allowing surrounding solutes to flow in. If too much water is lost, the solution will cause the cell to shrink smooth, driving the smooth cell walls to distort. The cell, developing a scalloped surface, proceeds to function, but with difficulty.

This imagery evolved from direct observational sketching of natural objects. The practice slowly became an osmotic one, by which I allowed my sensory response to the object, and my straying thoughts, inform my visual response to it. My tools and media further mitigated my intention and hand. The painting surface and pictorial space provide an environment that interacts significantly with the markmaking. Wayward brushstrokes, irregular pencil notches, and ink bleeds reflect this attempt to engage with metaphor through media. Beginning as deformities or embellishments, they build an amalgamation of body and machine, a figure engaged in articulating and carrying out a task – a means of engaging with its environment.

These figures populate a world that edges toward definition, yet turns from dictation. Matter and intention populate, or solute, the environments in which we find ourselves. They present stimuli that challenge us to negotiate our responses. Inflexibility can lead to thirst and distortion. These images represent a drive to persistently discern a path through life that is adaptable, supported by an everyday osmosis.

Opening Reception Friday, June 3rd 4-6pm.