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37 Pigs 8 Sculpture

Marcy Edelstein

United States

Sculpture, Acrylic on Ceramic

Size: 11.5 W x 30 H x 7.8 D in

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Much of my recent work has been deeply informed by my ongoing interest in natural history, evolutionary theory and speciation. The series 37 PIGS was inspired by a paper published in SCIENCE MAGAZINE, Aug 9th, 2017 that describes the development of 37 retrovirus-free pigs (of which 15 survived). The breakthrough was a necessary step toward the possible growing of human organs and other medical products in pigs and was made possible by recent advances such as CRISPR in gene technology. The ceramic wall pieces in this series imagine in a somewhat whimsical way the myriad possible outcomes of that scientific effort as a way to open a conversation about the ongoing transformation of our relationship to evolution and species by gene technology. The sculptures in the series were first visualized in a series of large charcoal drawings. They were then further developed in multiple notebook studies that were scaled up and translated into templates to serve as guides for the building of the final pieces in low-fire white clay. I built the forms very slowly from coils, smoothing and sanding the surfaces with metal ribs and abrasive pads as I proceeded. After bisque-firing the pieces I worked the surfaces with graphite, colored pencils, layers of airbrushed acrylic paint and stencils. Text applied to the surfaces refers to the genetic code and CRISPR technology underlying gene technology.

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Sculpture:Acrylic on Ceramic

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Size:11.5 W x 30 H x 7.8 D in

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ARTIST STATEMENT: My objective is as an artist is to create a visual language about transformation that speaks to the viewer directly through the strength and presence of its form and structure. I work with a fundamentally abstract language that is deeply informed by biology and natural history. My current work examines on a very personal level the ways in which advances in science have radically altered our relationship to nature. The drawings conjoin disparate elements, biological, mechanical, and architectural, to create anomalous structures that could be imagined as the outcome of science gone awry. Word fragments that intrude upon the picture plane include both personal observations about gardening and the weather, as well as references to gene technologies that are dramatically transforming food production. PROCESS: Drawing has always played a central role in my creative process. It is as much an end in and of itself as a means for developing ideas for sculptural work. Early in my career I was strongly influenced by the abstract surrealists and expressionists, artists concerned with transformation and the imagination. I developed a process of abstracting from life and creating new, unexpected forms, a process that continues to drive my work. I draw to discover new formal possibilities and make unexpected connections between shapes and ideas. Although many of the forms I work with have their origins in nature and technology, I seek to move beyond the appearance of things, to expose their internal structure and spirit. BIO: Born in Boston, Massachusetts, I received a BA in Fine Arts from Brandeis University and MA/MFA degrees in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. From 1976-77 I taught drawing and design at the University of Tennessee, followed by seven years at the University of Virginia where I taught printmaking and drawing, before settling permanently in Brooklyn, NY. In 2007 I established a studio central NY and currently split my time between the country and the city. I have exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and have work in numerous private and public collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the Library of Congress, and the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. Residencies include the Cummington Community for the Arts and the Roswell Artist in Residence program in New Mexico.

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