For more than a decade Karen Gelardi and Anna Hepler have worked together, sharing an interest in textiles, and printmaking, and making work that crosses the boundaries between two and three-dimensions. Seesaw, will highlight their rich and intertwined language of form, surface, and process with sculptures made from ceramic, fabric, paper, and images both sewn and printed. Now based at opposite ends of the Maine coastline, with Belfast as a perfect mid-point between their studios, this exhibition explores the parallel and overlapping evolution of their work.
Seesaw: Anna Hepler and Karen Gelardi
May 26 – July 21
Opening Reception: Friday May 26 from 5 to 8 pm
Anna Hepler was born in Boston, and raised in western Massachusetts. After a decade of living elsewhere, both within the US and abroad, she returned to New England, settling in Maine in 2002. Situated between two- and three-dimensional, Hepler’s poetic sculptures, installations, and works on paper reflect her fascination with structures both fixed and ephemeral. As she describes: “I am interested in such visually cohesive forms that nevertheless contain a chaotic structure—tangles of thread, electronic circuitry, swarms of insects in flight. There is something terrifying about their massive intricacy, and something beautiful in the rhythms of their minute and repetitive detail.”
Karen Gelardi was born in Providence, Rhode Island and grew up in Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. She has resided in Maine full-time since 1989. Karen Gelardi describes her work and process: “I am interested in resiliency— what it looks like, what it feels like, and how to promote it. By observing nature and industry, I have found that modular units, reproduction, variety, and mutation are essential elements in a resilient system. In my studio, I operate within this framework as a way of modeling or putting these observations into practice. Repeatable drawing units, handmade and industrial production techniques, acceptance of imperfection and damage as a way to reveal inherent qualities of adaptability, translating an image, technique or idea from one medium to the next— all of these strategies are used in my approach to building images, objects, and environments.”