July’s gallery show is a solo exhibit of Katharine Spilker.
Signs of Feeling is a gathering of the artist’s recent work that explores the relationships that occur among different materials, the forms they take, and the emotional resonances that these new bodies can imbue. Katharine’s sculptures attempt to hold up and navigate the contentions found in human feeling—our desire for connection, as well as the forces both within us and outside of us that complicate that desire. She is interested in exploring this “in-between” space in physical form in order to better understand how relating these polarities can signal to the emergence of new ways of being. Within her practice she uses natural and found materials that are mutable in nature and can visually inform this duality, something hovering between fragility and density. Form is intuitively built by combining materials and observing the way they react and influence one another, until an undoing approaches. Reaching this point of balance between surviving and unraveling is where we learn to let go.