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May First Friday w Summer Hart

The Art Dept Collective is please to present an installation by artist + storyteller Summer Hart

ARTIST STATEMENT

Influenced by folklore, superstition, methods of divining the future, & forgotten territories reclaimed by nature, I create immersive installations out of hand-cut Tyvek—a synthetic paper most familiar as an insulating wrap used in the construction industry. I make a million marks that slowly shift in form and texture, compulsively repeating minor movements with a blade to draw objects that are indicative of natural forms, such as leaves, feathers, barnacles, & seaweed. Using both shadows & vacancies as marks, I create environments that might be fairy-tale forests or the sites of biological disasters—perhaps both. I suspend thousands of cut pieces from the ceiling to mimic swarms or clouds / an omen for the augur—that moment when starlings black out the sun. Like any good fable, my pieces are part enchantment, part cautionary tale—somewhere between waking & sleeping, joy & grief. Sew a silver owl in your pocket before you enter. Leave a trail of stones to find your way out. ----------- BIO NOTE Summer J. Hart is an artist and storyteller. Influenced by folklore, superstition, methods of divination, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature, her visual and written narratives are part enchantment, part cautionary tale.