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2101 Maywill St., Richmond, VA 23230
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January 27 - February 19, 2017

Kristin Polich – "Emergence"

Floating, Suspended Drawings
Main Gallery

Opening Reception for the Artists
Fourth Friday, January 27, 2017
7:00-10:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Closing Artist Talk
Sunday, February 19, 2017
2:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Artist Statement

I often refer to my work as floating, suspended drawings. While resembling netting or a web, to me these pieces symbolize both fragility and strength. Through them, I explore the connectedness and separation of these essential elements in the human experience. Suspended away from the wall, the pieces cast shadows that are also an important part of the work. I am interested in how each piece will respond to the unique light and space of a given environment.

My passion for the natural environment is reflected in my work. I am inspired by light, shadow, reflection, water, movement and patterns. My process begins by studying and documenting objects that I have collected. I arrange, sketch, install and photograph them as a starting point to inspire my work. I have recently become interested in structures and systems and how they operate.  I am asking myself how the structure might repair itself if interrupted or how it might respond to movement, growth or change. I think of my work as an ongoing dialogue where each piece prompts and speaks to the next.

For the past eight years, I have dedicated myself to the arts as a high school art teacher. I have found my time fostering new artistic talent and creativity to be rich and fulfilling. I especially enjoy sharing the things that I am continually learning about process, inspiration, and creation with my students. I spend my summers taking courses at Penland School of Crafts where I am able to work closely with working artists. This time feeds me as an artist and teacher and allows me to learn new approaches and techniques.


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