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The Growing Edge
July 24, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Growing Edge is a group exhibition of nine artists who formed an online community of critique, care, and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. While this group of women began conversing initially due to their shared role as mentors in the Artist/Mother Podcast Crit Group program–a podcast and online critique program with international reach–their dialogue quickly expanded and deepened. Near daily video chat conversations cultivated a remarkably intimate ongoing dialogue about studio practice, ideas prompting the creation of work, and the specific challenges of being an artist and a mother during a global pandemic. Paradoxically, in a time of social separation, these nine women found themselves deeply enmeshed in a rich and nourishing community of artists, their conversation undeterred by pandemic or time-zones.
Many of the artists will travel to New Mexico to be present for this one-night event and will be meeting for the first time in person. The exhibition’s title, pulled from the writing of philosopher, theologian, and civil rights leader Howard Thurman, speaks to the complexity of discovering connection amidst seclusion. What is found when a limitation, a boundary, a border, or an edge expands, breathes, or grows? What is gained? What is lost? What emerges? Such questions flow between the studios of these nine artists, linking their range of exploration in painting, video, collage, printmaking, textile, and sculpture. The Growing Edge is a conversation between nine works from these artists/mother made during a season of contemplation and recovery while processing the COVID-19 pandemic, inviting reclamation and restoration of space, time, and growth.