In Michele Schuff’s recent exhibition, Metronome, she explores the perception of time and how we measure life’s passing. How long do I have to live? How has my timing influenced every turn of my life? Will I be able to do what I need to before I die?
Michele uses the metronome, a tool traditionally used to set a fixed tempo while practicing music, as a metaphor for keeping time as well as a meditative device; with it one can set a beat or pulse that can become increasingly abstract and therefore has the potential to exist outside of our perception of linear time. This body of work examines the space that is created when one is fully focused on any creative endeavor: where does that state of mind exist? Time can be momentarily suspended in the gap between the beats; collectively these beats and gaps make up a body of work, a life, a collection of lives.
Metronome includes an installation made up of a series of illuminated cast heads in either resin or wax and encaustic paintings on wood panel created by layer over layer of repetitive brush strokes fused together with heat. The repeated painted lines/phrases/objects are meant to create a textured ‘beat’ and somehow through their pattern and regularity, generate an abstract field of color and sound.
Michele Schuff received her BFA from Wayne State University in Detroit and her MFA from Georgia State University. She is a former Fellow of the Hambidge Center of Creative Arts and Sciences, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Schuff’s work explores themes of light through encaustic painting and three-dimensional cast forms.
Through July 23.
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