From November 6-24, 2020, New City Arts, supported by UVA Arts & the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts, presents the things we've left behind, an exhibition of sculpture by Isabella Whitfield.
HOW TO SEE THE SHOW
Walk by Welcome Gallery at 114 3rd St. NE any time to see Isabella's work through the large storefront window.
Want to see the work up close? Private, free, in-person viewings are available between November 6-24: Schedule Appointment
MEET THE ARTIST
Isabella Whitfield is from Centreville, Virginia. She is an Aunspaugh Fifth-Year Fellow at the University of Virginia, where she earned her BA in Studio Art and Foreign Affairs.
My work examines the oscillating nature of relationship, swinging between togetherness and absence. Through removing, altering, or abstracting an object’s historical function, I ask what is gained and lost through an evolved purpose. Space between formal elements becomes a near-tangible presence; an expanse that can be interrupted by a viewer’s physicality. By juxtaposing multiple or dual iterations of an object, I imply a codependence that simultaneously reinforces and detracts from individual importance.
Relationships to familiar objects, such as a swing set and measuring cups, are called into question through the use of ephemeral materials. Conversely, familiar objects, such as used-dryer sheets and recycled soap, are abstracted into new situations. The materiality of my work is fragile and expected to experience formal deterioration. Ground forms, composed of sand, have to be maintained in their careful shapes. Strings need to be detangled, and unfired clay beads replaced. The inevitable decomposition of materials echo notions of life cycles and renewal; examining the things we leave behind and those we take with us.
Take part of the exhibit with you, leave something behind…
To receive a handmade paper measuring cup, bring a non-perishable item that fits in any standard measuring cup.
Exchanges take place in-person at Welcome Gallery. Please notify the gallery attendant if you would like to trade in an item.
Images courtesy of the artist.
This exhibition is sponsored by UVA Arts & the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts.
Located at 114 3rd St. NE, Welcome Gallery is downtown, storefront art space in Charlottesville, VA, run by New City Arts Initiative, a non-profit community arts organization. This same location houses NCAI staff offices and a studio space.