Megan Zettlemoyer: Living Ink
February 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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February 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Megan Zettlemoyer has built a life of design, looking at each day as an opportunity for creation. New directions for her to explore are found laid out on the concrete grid of city sidewalks or in well worn meander of woodland trails. The desire to establish meaningful connection between this passion for design and her love of the natural world opened the path that led her to these new paintings.
“In each piece of this series I have paired a structured element with sporadic, energetic bursts which symbolize the balance of serenity in nature with the often frenetic bustle of the city. Demonstrating the multiple facets of humanity’s relationship with nature, expressed by the overall connectedness with a slight underlying tension, is a central theme of each piece.” Concepts such as expression, movement, connection, stability, and permanence are explored. Some exist in a quiet rhythm, where others seem to be at odds with their elements, competing for dominance through their emphasis of color or shape.
The importance of making ink from locally foraged ingredients and materials has played a critical role in their creation. Each of the inks utilized in these paintings has been personally created from scratch. After researching the necessary elements for the desired color palette, the process of exploring and foraging for the raw ingredients begins. Seasonally available natural resources such as berries, nuts, seeds, burnt sticks, pine cones, flowers and spices typically serve as the base recipe. As the inks are created fresh and contain only natural preservatives, some of them have shown, over time, to alter in appearance when exposed to air and/or light. As some of the raw ingredients are naturally more acidic it is possible that they could eventually break down the paper. All of these conditions are part of the ongoing exploration of the ink-making techniques and are considered to be equally essential to creating each unique “living” piece of art.
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