Plainsboro Public Library – August 2017 – The Gallery at Plainsboro Library presents a collection of abstracts by Plainsboro artist Sarah Morejohn. Inspired by science, her detailed works in pencil are fascinating, colorful, and poetic. An art reception will be held on Sunday, August 6, 2 – 4 pm, where the artist will give an informal art chat about her work. The exhibit runs July 29 – August 23.
Two drawings in particular, Younger Birch Bolete and Witch’s Hat, based on the shapes of snow crystals and fungi, are soft and lyrical in quality. The artist explains how these and other works relate to science:
My work is a language of delicacy and wonder. By making drawings with dots of ink I am beholden to time and patience. Repetition and place-making are important to my work in the way that taking a walk may yield different discoveries about a place while going along the same route. A body of work starts from a reference point that slowly, over the course of many drawings, transforms into a different sense of place. Evolving on a personal and intuitive level my work has lead me to find a common ground between the poetic and scientific, how nature can be explored and related to in its micro and macro worlds. I explore ideas of the environment, otherness, and the physics found in patterns in nature.
My recent series of drawings integrates the inorganic shapes of snow crystals and the organic shapes of fungi. Snow crystals begin by dew collecting on particles such as bits of sand, pollen, spores, and bacteria. I have been playing with this fact for the past year. I imagine the particles in my drawings are fungi spores that start slowly growing: billowing and folding while embedded inside the snow crystal. These drawings are glowing with colored pencil washes and graphite smudges. The dots and dashes vibrate forming the crystal-like and organic structures. In the drawings symmetrical forms grow from a central point, then breaking along the way into asymmetry much like how a plant cell’s membrane bursts from ice crystal growth inside them. In the work I imagine the tension between organic and inorganic growth and shape. The drawings intuitively use patterns from nature and color to tell a narrative fiction from a micro world.
Sarah Morejohn earned a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Oregon in 2011. For the past six years she has been devoted to her artistic practice and has exhibited in art centers and galleries as well as volunteering for arts organizations and museums. Sarah has exhibited in galleries on both the East and West Coast: Kenise Barnes Fine Art (NY), Schema Projects (NY), Victory Hall Drawing Rooms (NJ), Collar Works (NY), Whipple Fine Art Gallery (OR), The Art Center of Corvallis (OR), and Verum Ultimum Gallery (OR), and Umpqua Valley Arts Association (OR). Her work can be found in permanent collections of Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York, and Ursell Laboratory, Physics Department, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. After living in Oregon for most of her life, the artist now lives and works in Plainsboro, New Jersey.
The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, NJ. Hours are 10-8:30 Monday – Thursday, and 10-5 Friday – Sunday. For more information, call 609-275-2897.
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