Sarah Hutt: My Mother's Legacy | Kathleen Packlick: Misplaced Memory
*The event has already taken place on this date: Sat, 08/22/2020
With large parts of our lives on pause from recent events, our relationship to each other and the world outside of our homes has been profoundly altered. Sarah Hutt's "My Mother's Legacy" and Kathleen Packlick's "Misplaced Memory," joint installations present by Kirk Hopper Fine Art, serve as psychologically empowering acts that bring about a deeper understanding of human experience. The mixed media works focus on recollections, dreams and an ever-changing reality. Both artists speculate on the role that memory plays in underwriting the sense of choice and direction in our lives.
Sarah Hutt's "My Mother's Legacy" confronts viewers with a formidable presence—a 1,000 line poem burned into the bottom of 1,000 wooden bowls. Each bowl is a vessel of sustenance, as well as an offering of unconditional love, of loss and renewal, the passing of generations. Hutt was just 13 years old when her mother died. In the summer of 1994, Hutt's sister came up with an idea of putting together memory books on each set of grandparents for her children. Finding only fuzzy black and white photos taken by their mother, without explanation, date or location, Hutt realized her family's historical links had vanished.
Kathleen Packlick's "Misplaced Memory"—some 100 egg tempera and shellac panels and works on paper, as well as collages—are gathered obsessively into compact cosmogonies that provide relief from the intensity of life. A kind of meditative gift is gleaned from the activity. With an exquisite standard of craft, Packlick addresses the senses and, through the senses, communicates to the intellect and the psyche. Wandering through her installation is, by turns, like tumbling into one of Matisse's paintings—all color and form in endless, fluid flux—and winding through a Beat poem, where the author realizes that everything contains the potential for beauty.
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