Environmental artist Alison Sigethy draws inspiration from the natural world surrounding her. From collages created of natural fibers to sculptures made from recycled glass, her works have an innate organic quality. Her multimedia solo exhibit, Understory, will be featured in The Art League Gallery, January 6 – February 7, 2011.
With this collection of works, Sigethy is creating an installation that invites the viewer to explore the often unnoticed, yet essential parts of the forest. She emphasizes the “quiet beauty” of the unseen through layers of glass fungi, collages that evoke the striations of cliff sides, and delicate snowflakes.
Sigethy works almost exclusively with recycled materials; the majority of her glass comes from the lenses of solar collectors. Dead tree trunks and driftwood collected on her kayaking sojourns are used as anchors for delicate crystalline elements. The use of these salvaged materials reinforces a pervasive theme in Sigethy’s work: we, as a culture, generate too much waste. How can we reuse “trash” to create something beautiful?
After leaving the world of marketing and print production to pursue both art and kayaking, Sigethy was drawn to glass for its various hues and effects on light. A trip to Greenland in 2006 inspired her to work with recycled materials to create her environmentally conscious work. She has been a member of The Art League Gallery since 2002, a Torpedo Factory Artist since 2007, and was named Torpedo Factory “Artist of the Year” in 2010. This is her first solo artist exhibit.
Exhibit dates: January 6 – February 7, 2011
Opening Reception and Meet the Artist with a performance by Karen Reedy Dance: Thursday, January 13, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, January 20, 7:00 pm. Sigethy will talk about her background, her innovative glass-working techniques, as well as her use of natural and recycled materials.
Storyteller Laura Bobrow: Sunday, January 23, 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Award-winning local storyteller Laura Bobrow will spin whimsical and engaging tales against the backdrop of Sigethy’s Understory. Appropriate for all ages.