Shunpike is proud to present the works of eight artists in our South Lake Union Storefronts exploring themes of nature, society, and decay. These works will be on display until November 8, 2016.
“2050” – Terra Holcomb
Terra Holcomb is a Pacific Northwest environmental artist who creates elaborate, ephemeral dresses and sculptures from natural materials. Her works are meditations on life cycles, transformations and our changing climate. She has refashioned mussel shells into a gown, flower petals and garden insects become mandalas, and leaf dresses are hung and left to decay in the forest. She has given talks about her artistic process at Town Hall in Seattle, received awards for her wearable art and was highlighted in a 2015 Trend Guide in Germany. She can be found in the rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula, the canyons in Tieton or the recovering forests in Twisp. Fittingly, she was named Terra for being born on the first Earth Day.
“Viral” – Eva Funderburgh
Funderburgh’s work deals with the overlap of humanity and the natural world. She often uses simple, emotive animal forms to examine human motives and emotions. Storytelling and the idea of myth plays a very large role in her work, but equally so the notion of biology.
Humans are intrinsically biological and the growth of cities follows the same biological imperative as a blooming flower or growing tumor. Funderburgh tries to examine this notion without pronouncing a moral judgment on it. Hence, her sculptures may sometime carry entire civilizations on their back, though the question of symbiote or parasite is left open. In this piece, she approaches the biological nature of humanity from a new and microscopic direction.
“Life Stream” – Gloria Lamson
‘Life Stream’ offers a contemplative, metaphoric vision which reflects upon the journey of our lives and times in this world from birth to death. Lamson wrote the following poem to serve as a statement for this installation.
‘I imagine our lives like threads, moving through time.
Emerging at birth from an ocean of consciousness, and returning again at death.
In between, a mystery, we call life.
In between, we dip in and out of a larger stream,
At times immersed, submerged, renewed and humbled, as the current carries us along.
In between, we play with possibility, of who we are and who we might be,
With what we’ve been given and what we choose.
The path we follow, perhaps only our inner eye can see.
Alone and together we weave the fabric of our lives.’
“Seattle Skateboards and Culture” – Anne Moya
Moya’s work explores the relationship between emerging gender roles, lost cultures, pop-culture with a twisted sense of humor. With influences as diverse as the Duwamish and First Nation tribes, Jean Baudrillard and Patrick Nagel, new combinations are manufactured from both traditional and modern narratives. Ever since she was a child she has been fascinated by the essential unreality of the zeitgeist. What starts out as yearning to understand soon becomes corrupted into a manifesto of feminism, advocacy and punk skater counter-culture leaving only a sense of what could have been and the prospect of a new beginning. As wavering forms become clarified through frantic and critical practice, the viewer is left with a tribute to the inaccuracies of our existence.
“Roots & Vines” – Barbara De Pirro
A mysterious unexpected form has taken root, its fibrous tendrils clinging to the surface, reaching outward into the landscape. Inspired by nature’s ability to regenerate, De Pirro developed methods that mimic these plant structures, using an invasive fiber as her medium. She collected hundreds of post-consumer plastic bags from the local communities, cut them into strips; and then painstakingly crocheted individual vines that were then woven into this sinuous form.
“dea ex machina” – Ilvs Strauss
Back in the day, Greeks would resolve their Greek tragedy plot issues with deus ex machina – literally lowering actors onto the stage from above by use of a giant machine. The actors played gods; whatever seemingly hopeless situation at hand was immediately solved by their intervention. Oh, to be ancient, Greek and tragic.
Strauss uses silhouettes to play with sense of self, scale to play with place in the world, perspective to, well, gain perspective on the notions of ancient/modern, goddess/mortal, tragic/comedic and the illusionary notion that they are opposites.
“Take a Hike” – Clyde Petersen
Current day, Seattle. Many long term residents have faced displacement after extreme rent hikes, with no rent control in sight. How does it feel to be told, “if you can’t afford the rent, then take a hike.”
“Colored By Travel | Namibia”
There are things that memory never forgets. Imprint is strong – imprint is unique. A road trip ends, physically, but not its impressions and sensations. Teri feels her most creative when she is traveling. She is moved by the idea that we have longings for unexpected things and experiences to come into our lives. Through sketchbook, camera, and memory, something of the road or a new place is sustained in some form. The images may be blurred, as are the lines between memory and perception. Painting is her way of processing new experiences, trying to capture the essence of a place or moment.