Angela Eastman & Sonja Hinrichsen
December 2, 2016 – January 14, 2017
First Friday Gallery Walk:
December 2, 2016 & January 6, 2017
Angela Eastman, Full of Here and There, detail
Throughout history, human interactions with the natural environment are too often defined by destruction and displacement. Angela Eastman and Sonja Hinrichsen are interested in the more nuanced ways that landscape is capable of being both transformed and transformative. Through photography, video, sculpture and performance, both artists demonstrate the power and beauty of subtle and ephemeral interactions with nature.
The work in Traces can be understood as a microcosm of the way in which we move through the natural world. Our impact can be devastating and irreversible or like the images that Hinrichsen creates, we have the power to move through the world with gentleness and grace leaving a temporary imprint. Similarly, as demonstrated in Eastman’s sculptures, our cultural obsession with materiality can be tempered by an appreciation of the unrefined beauty that surrounds us in nature.
ANGELA EASTMAN’s work is based on the conviction that observation and appreciation of the natural world can lead to increased care for our environment and for each other. Her sculptural objects incorporate natural materials and traditional techniques that are animated through improvisational movement. Eastman holds a BA in studio art from Colorodo College and is a current MFA candidate in Sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has exhibited her work nationally at institutions including the Mississippi State University, Shumei International Institute, and Penland School of Crafts. Her awards include residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Byrdcliffe Artist Residency in Woodstock, NY.
SONJA HINRICHSEN examines urban and natural environments through exploration and research. Her work manifests in immersive video installations and interventions in nature. Hinrichsen graduated from the Academy of Art in Stuttgart, Germany and received a Masters degree in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. She has been invited to group and solo exhibitions worldwide. She has won numerous national and international artist residencies and awards. Hinrichsen’s ongoing community arts project Snow Drawings has been featured on numerous art, design, culture and environmental websites, blogs and magazines including the Huffington Post, WIRED and Public Art Review. Among others, Snow Drawings has aired on NPR, MSNBC, and The Discovery Channel.