Small Island, Big Picture
Small Island, Big Picture – Winters of Solitude Teach an Artist to See
Photographs & Text by Alexandra de Steiguer
“The island I live on is small, fronting the seas with high ledge, stark expanses, and old buildings scattered about as if cast by the winds. I feel small within this setting of endless water and sky, where time stretches out in all directions from this one tiny point.”
During her 16 winters living alone on the island, de Steiguer has documented her experience in words and pictures and shares it all in her new book, Small Island, Big Picture – Winters of Solitude Teach an Artist to See. She will be signing copies of the book during the opening reception and the gallery will be raffling off a 2-night stay at the Star Island Hotel.
Featuring glass Installations by Wil Sideman
From the series 'Based on a True Story'
Along with de Steiguer’s photographs, the Main Gallery includes glasswork sculpture by Wil Sideman from his series, “Based On a True Story: an Investigation of Family and Self through Narrative Object.” Sideman’s collection contains works derived from objects in his family history, which he used to research and explore concepts of family and self-identity. Working from site visits, memories, and family stories, he has created individual sculptures using glass as the primary material. His work pays tribute to the craftsmen that came before him in his family and furthers his understanding of the narrative objects he has treasured throughout his life.
The Kolb Memorial Gallery showcases ‘Marshes,’ a collection of oil pastels by local artist E.B. Kirkpatrick, and a video portrait of actress Robin Wright Penn, the second in a series of three installations by vanguard ‘theater artist’ Robert Wilson.
The exhibition, ‘Small Island, Big Picture’ runs August 24th – September 22nd, 2013. It is free and open to the public.