EVELYN RYDZ, MFA 05
Plastic Sands, #2
31 h x 31 w
DESCRIPTION: graphite and colored pencil, framed
STATEMENT: From global ocean currents to local coastlines, my work explores bodies of water as the main subject of circulation, movement, and relocation. As a first generation American, with parents born in Colombia and Cuba, and grandparents born in Poland, I am interested in relocation across coasts and ways we are shaped by the natural and cultural ecologies of home. Over the last decade, I have studied, collected, documented and drawn from remnants of modern life washed ashore on the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf Coasts in North and South America. These field studies are an integral part of my practice and have led ongoing investigations of mapping currents and what travels above and below their surfaces. My experiences along the boundaries of land and sea are translated into drawings as a connection to traditional ways of making through slow repetitive hand gestures - a sharp contrast to the mass-produced and quickly disposed objects often depicted in my work. Through detailed visual descriptions of surface, my drawings aim to create a space for perceiving texture and participating in imagining how something has been transformed through the passage of time. The aim of the work is to cultivate multiple perspectives, from individual to global currents and the cumulative human actions that link them and us together.
This piece was included in the traveling exhibition, PLASTIC ENTANGLEMENTS: ECOLOGY, AESTHETICS, MATERIALS, which was on view at the Chazen Museum of Art (September 13 - January 5, 2020), Smith College Museum of Art (February 8 - July 28, 2019), Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Fall 2018), and the Palmer Museum of Art (Spring 2018).
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