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Sarah Nance

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

I construct and document relationships between light, geology and time, elements that contribute to our understanding of place. Through installation, I create precise ruptures in an otherwise anticipated topography, making us increasingly attuned to the subtleties of our surroundings. My work invites an extended period of observation, requiring viewers to engage time as part of the installation. I use this element—time—to bridge the chasm between environmental processes and human experience.

In recent object-based work, I use accumulative processes such as weaving and beading to create fabrics that employ various physical properties of light. Reflective, neon and iridescent surfaces emerge from the repeated placement of one thread, bead or stone at a time. Paired with tokens of the geological landscape such as boulders, these object couplings embrace the temporal fluctuations between the human and the geologic.

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