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Hear from internationally acclaimed glass sculptor Beth Lipman at WAM on Wednesday, September 27.
Lipman's work explores aspects of material culture through still lives, site-specific installations. She will be speaking about her newly commissioned piece at the Weisman, One Portrait of One Man, inspired by WAM's collection of Marsden Hartley's art, and how she uses glass compositions to capture a moment in time.
You can also stop by the galleries any time the week of September 26 to see her at work installing One Portrait of One Man.
Image: Beth Lipman, Cut Table, 2014, glass, wood, paint, adhesive. Wichita Art Museum. Photo credit: Jason Houge
Beth Lipman is an American artist whose sculptural practice generates from the Still Life genre, symbolically representing the splendor and excess of the Anthropocene and the stratigraphic layer humanity will leave on earth. Assemblages of inanimate objects and domestic interiors, inspired by private spaces and public collections, propose portraits of individuals, institutions, and societies.
Temporality and mortality-primary concerns linked to the Still Life tradition-are heightened through materiality. Works in glass, wood, metal, photography, and video disrupt the mechanisms of fixed, grand narratives in order to emphasize evanescence at the heart of ‘vanitas’. Sculptural processes become analogies for life cycles, pointing to systems both natural and human that must continually adapt in order to survive.
The works are a meditation on our relationship to Deep Time, a monumental time scale based on geologic events that minimizes human lives. Each installation is a reimagining of history, created by placing cycles often separated by millenia in proximity, from the ancient botanical to the cultural. The incorporation of prehistoric flora alludes to the impermanence of the present and the persistence of life. The ephemera of the Anthropocene becomes a symbol of fragility as the human species is placed on a continuum where time eradicates hierarchy.