Stephanie Jucker: Restless Garden
Paintings and mixed media with the garden as metaphor
2nd Friday Art Walk Receptions:
* January 11 • February 8 • 5:00–8:00pm
Picnic: Saturday, February 16, 2:00–4:00pm
Exhibit Dates: January 11–February 22
[Pictured: Stephanie Jucker,The Garden of Love]
Curated by Lauren Bartone
Stephanie Jucker artist statement:
“Things in the garden are making me nervous. To quote William Blake’s poem Garden of Love, I am seeing ‘what I never had seen.’
My use of garden as a metaphor is partly influenced by the iconography of a Catholic upbringing, with its portrayals of Eden, and a nostalgia for the English garden I played in as a child. I revisit that sense of play in my work, but from a place of experience.
My response to feeling anxious has been to recycle materials that accumulate around me. With burnt, water-damaged, and discarded stuff, I construct symmetrically balanced compositions to reassure and ground myself. The design is informed by the geometry of insects and flowers resulting in wall pieces, books, and mobiles compositionally anchored by a central axis. From this secure core they burst with life, referencing the giddy optimism of creation in the face of a tenuous future.
The garden wants change and has ideas of its own. Whether we’ll be around to see what those are really hangs in the balance.”
1337 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901