ReVISION: ART AT THE KENT
Vermont artists stretch the limits of ordinary perception
This group invitational exhibition, housed in the historic Kents’ Corner Museum, presented large groups of works by seventeen Vermont artists. 24 of my works were hung, included new works like Eight Bigs Scrawls and Golden Intersections (here) as well as earlier pieces such as Fekete Ország, Blue Midnight, 18 Standing Collages (here) and a pair from the Tablet Series (here).
Fragments and found materials have for years combined to form a compelling impulse in my work. The challenge of working within limits has always delighted me, the seductive history embedded in discarded cards, tickets, newspaper clippings and other ephemera has always intrigued and inspired. I have also used handwriting as a repurposed drawn element which reflects a duality of language – visual and literary. For more than a decade I have been stitching papers together, increasingly conscious of the cultural and physical allusions and implications of stitching, as well as the textural and linear qualities of the threads themselves.
What does the use of disparate and found materials signify in my work? Is the gathering and combining, assembling and reassembling of visual and tactile elements solely for the purpose of creating a new whole out of fragments, or conversely, is it also about the fragmentation of what was once whole?
– Diane Sophrin
Montpelier, Vermont, 2019