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Nots: Sculpture and Drawing
featuring artwork by Claire Watson

June 5 July 17, 2011

Reception: June 5, 2011 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Nots: Sculpture and Drawing, is a body of work that explores the raveling and unraveling of metaphysical knots. It is through the process of sculpture and drawing that Watson finds poetry in the materials that she uses. The substance of rope progresses from natural disorder to constructed order in the transformation of fiber to yarn to strand to rope to knot and back again. A knot is an artifact of intelligence and a simple means to stop, stymie, fasten or hold. It may also become an unknot, coiling and looping endlessly into itself in connected and continuous strands. Beginning with drawing, Watson envisions patterns within the objects to be constructed and encounters the inevitable gaps between ideas and the material results of her efforts. The imagined sculptures become knotted constructions that unweave and tangle into characters that embody contradiction. Returning to drawing, she renders the tangible objects and the shadows they cast.

Claire Watson studied art and art history at the University of Texas, Austin, and received an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Rome and Philadelphia. She was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1991 and a Fellowship in Sculpture from New York Foundation for the Arts in 2007. Her work has been exhibited widely, most recently in New York at the Pelham Art Center and at Art Sites, in Riverhead, as well as at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University in Newark. She lives and works in Water Mill, New York with her husband and two sons.

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