Last year, polymer artists Emily Squires Levine and Laura Tabakman spent some late summer days in the Colorado mountains and were so inspired by their walks through groves of aspen trees that they decided to collaborate on an installation.
The result is “Into The Forest” which opened for public viewing in Philadelphia on September 12. Located in the South Tower Art Gallery of the Park Towne Apartments in Philadelphia, the installation is part of the “Constructing Organics” show which features work by three other Philadelphia artists. InLiquid and AIMCO co-sponsored the show.
I attended the opening and was excited to see polymer art recognized as fine art. Laura, who lives in Pittsburgh, was not able to attend the opening but Emily did an excellent job of explaining how she and Laura were influenced by their hikes through the aspen forests and how they translated that experience into an intriguing installation.
Here are some pictures
The Philadelphia venue is only the beginning for “Into the Forest.”
I first learned at the EuroSynergy conference this summer that Emily and Laura, who have been joined by award winning polymer artist Julie Eakes plan to expand “Into The Forest” into an international collaborative project. Laura announced the project at the end of her Synergy presentation on “Getting Your Work Ready to Show.” She’d already wowed the audience with her stories about how she scouted exhibition opportunities for her incredible polymer and mixed media installations. After she revealed the plans for the international collaboration she invited everyone to volunteer via a Facebook group set up for the purpose. I volunteered right there on my iPad and many people in the audience did the same.
You can volunteer too. Just go to the Facebook group page, here. You can follow the project on Instagram (@intotheforest17). Read more about the project on the Polymer Arts Blog.
Several polymer events to support the program are in the works. Emily will lead one at the September meeting of the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild. For information on this meeting, go to the PAPCG blog.