Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA
Through ceramics, collage, painting, and encaustic, these three artists explore the natural world and the human condition. All creatures need to nest, and humans are no different. We create emotional and physical spaces that comfort, nurture, and protect us. Ben Anderson's sculptures call to mind lush, leafy environments where life is abundant and also stark house-like forms whose inhabitants are unknown. Taleen Batalian's transluscent, waxy gems evoke mysterious interior and exterior landscapes fraught with emotion. Claudine Metrick's paintings stitch together natural imagery such as birds, clouds, and other organic forms to explore issues of mortality and nothingness.
All three artists' work is deeply personal, and each artist has a strong connection with materials and the physicality of object-making.
"Nesting" explores the process of making and the way in which objects and materials can bring us home.