Nov 08, 2021 - Jan 31, 2022
Chicken wire, pvc pipe, paper mache, acrylic paint, and layered with relief prints of fragmented tree stumps on hand-dyed kozu paper
Drawing on forms and processes in the natural world as metaphor for the fragility of our bodies, loss and grief, this sculpture is part columbarium, part requiem. “Hush Now Sleeper, We Will Meet Again” expresses embodied grief, while formalizing the invisible absence created by death. This sculpture is a poetic lamentation of lost kinship explored through the experience of engaging with nature and the material processes of relief printing and nest building as creative acts of mourning.
Amberlie Perkin is an interdisciplinary artist and art educator. Her diverse practice includes sculpture, installation, printmaking, and painting. Her artwork explores the deep relational bonds we share with one another and our non-human kin and how the natural world offers new ways to understand and respond to death. She examines how curious and embodied engagement with the natural environment can provide a visual and material language to use in artmaking to articulate the complex and often abstract emotions of grief. Perkin’s installations are an invitation to make metaphoric connections to nature, to feel, to remember, and to acknowledge our ghosts.