Botanical Ornaments Patty Hudak On view in the Nuquist Gallery, August 6 - October 30 Reception August 6, 4:00-8:00 We are pleased to present Patty Hudak's large scale installation, Botanical Ornaments, which will be on display at the Nuquist Gallery at the TW Wood Museum from August 6- October 30. Hudak’s work is inspired by the spiritual and mystical sensations that she perceives from the woodlands of rural Vermont, which she transforms into her work, whether through drawing, painting, installation, or large scale prints.
Botanical Ornaments, a fabric installation incorporating video and shadow projection, explores humanity’s role as a part of nature, and the possibilities of what happens when the boundaries between the two dissolve. The installation features two large painted fabric stages, which can be entered from behind, giving the feeling of immersion within the painted surface. Projected shadows will give a further sense of dimensionality, and a blurring of boundaries between “us” (humans) and “them” (nature).
The installation is accompanied by three large scale prints, created by the artist to personify the experience of spiritual one- ness with the natural world.
Patty Hudak Botanical Ornaments Artist Statement
When I initially spoke to TW Wood Director, Margaret Coleman, about creating work for the Nuquist Gallery, we discussed the concepts of home, and the meaning of the phrase, “place making”. This discussion took place in February, 2020, just before the pandemic created the need for a global lock down. Since that time, my appreciation for home grew even more meaningful, as well as what the idea of “place” meant, as a resident of rural Vermont.
TW Wood’s early watercolor “Man in the Woods” inspired the sentiment in this exhibition. The image of man in the woods, moved me to consider what happens when we engage with the natural world? The individual is alone, yet not lonely, in contemplation. Walking into the woods is like entering an expanding and divine universe. The trees get larger, and more animated and sensations emanate from them.
Tuning into nature for answers to existential questions trans- forms the solitary experience. Is the sense of energy emitting from the plants and the trees is real or imagined? How do we receive these messages?
The supernatural within nature creates vibrancy as porous bodies merged within the space between organic matter. The metaphor of the experience passes through the layers of our shadow minds to enter a translucent atmosphere.
This exhibition, Botanical Ornaments, is informed by these transcendent experiences, as visual forms that seek to diagram these mystical spaces.
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