Wed 03 Jun

This week on Artebella, Curator Stacey Reason has selected four artists to address the theme of “retreating”.

ANGELA ST. VRAIN is an artist that primarily works in 3D. Her work ranges from powerfully present yet intimate sculptures consisting of repurposed construction site materials, casting and ceramics, to decadent glass works.

It is hard to explain our emotional attachment to place, and the psychological need for feeling in-sync with a physical environment. Urban planners and architects will be the first to attest to the power of creative place-making. But artist Angela St. Vrain explores this delicate and indistinguishable relationship from the inside out. She recreates real spaces and geography from her personal biography to scale. Instead of focusing on aesthetic construction, St. Vrain attempts to unpack the significance of our ability to emotionally connect and exist within a space, and how our psychological projections onto physical architectural elements manipulate the uncanny of manmade place.

Curator’s Statement: For me, the word “retreat” conjures a mental image of soldiers running from a loosing fight, a sense of urgency and survival. But I also think of retreating as pulling into something as a haven or as a reflective attempt to understand oneself. Retreating is not always a reaction against something negative, but a proactive attempt to achieve an internal alignment.

These artists are chosen to show the action of retreat in four different ways: retreating within oneself, retreating within identity, retreating within consciousness, retreating within home. Individually, they use different forms of artistic production to explore aspects of contemporary life that may seem at first quotidian but when isolated become uncanny. Collectively they encompass the idea of retreating within this context. – Stacey Reason

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Alley on Burnett At 2nd St.

ceramic, found/painted wood, soil, sand, gravel, grass, 1:27 real life scale in three dimensions, 2014

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Camelback House

wood, plaster drywall, metal brackets, carpet, size n/a, 2015.

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At a Glance:


Hometown: Hometown: Louisville, KY

Age: 22

BFA candidate in 3D studios focusing in Sculpture at the University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute

Website: https://angelastvrain.wordpress.com/