Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Angle of Repose  photo by Bibiana Huang Matheis
 Angle of  Repose       Background-Tai Chi at the opening reception

Angle of Repose  detail
Angle of Repose  detail   locust logs, gold leaf, crocheted wire

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Homage to Jo and Ter Installation:watercolor,pencil,thread,yarn on handmade paper,plastic,doll shoes

Memphis 1968 to Rhinebeck 2018
Installation: found objects, crocheted yarn, yarn, stones

Clermont 1948
Installation: corset, pins, paper, fabric

Monday, December 4, 2017

"Cloth and Memory" in Beacon, NY

                                          I am exhibiting several pieces in the new doll clothes series.
crocheted cotton, doll clothes, fabric 60"x35"x4"

crocheted yarn, doll clothes, fabric   50"x48"x4"

crocheted yarn, doll clothes 60"x26"x6"

crocheted yarn, doll clothes, fabric  50"x35"x4"

doll clothes, wool on mylar, thread  50"x44"x8"

Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Repose Revisited" at Wilderstein Historic Site

Repose Revisited  locust logs, metal leaf, crocheted wire   dimensions variable   View 1

Repose Revisited   View 2

I use wood from the Widlerstein site to create “Repose Revisited”. The wood is from a locust tree that had been growing in front of the Wilderstein home for many decades, perhaps centuries. The tree bore witness to the changing landscape and people who inhabit it. This sculpture allows the cut tree to continue to be a part of its original environment, for a time, taking in more of the environs and exuding the history contained therein.

I arrange the locust logs to at first appear as if they are randomly fallen. The viewer happens upon the work as an unexpected cache and discovers the logs are deliberately placed and significantly altered. The scars and flaws in the wood have been embellished and celebrated with gold leaf and crocheted wire. The cut ends have a patina of metal leaf emphasizing their shape. 

Locust is considered to be a strong wood which is very resistant to decay. It is said that locust lasts “one year less than stone”. Although a strong wood, the original tree had been dying from age and disease and had to be felled. The passage of time and the effects of weather continue to act on the sculpture constantly and gradually changing it. “Repose Revisited” celebrates history, the passage of time, imperfection and mortality.

4th Outdoor Sculpture Biennial

Come see 18 amazing sculptures gracing Wilderstein's landscape by a diverse group of Hudson Valley artists. Curated by FRANC PALAIA, work on display encompasses a wide range of styles and mediums. The show will be open to the public daily, 9am to 4pm, June 3 through October 31. 
Featured Artists:

 About Wilderstein
Wilderstein Historic Site is a house museum in Rhinebeck, New York. The estate, with its exquisite Queen Anne mansion and Calvert Vaux designed landscape, is widely regarded as the Hudson Valley's most important example of Victorian architecture. Tours, gift shop, hiking trails, and spectacular Hudson River views.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Sown, Shorn, Sewn in "100! Celebrating Women's Suffrage"

Sown, Shorn, Sewn  site specific installation-sheep wool, fabric bowls, wire  60"x38"x12"

Sown, Shorn, Sewn  detail
March 2017 at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon New York, curated by Bibiana Huang Matheis

Thursday, December 1, 2016

"His Eyes Were So Blue" at Betsy Jacaruso Gallery

 L -"He Said Compassion"        R -"Belle Dress"

"Sound of Wind"
"He Said Compassion"

"Murmuration"  detail
Installing "Heart and Lungs"
"Heart and Lungs"

Sunday, September 25, 2016

"His Eyes Were So Blue" At Betsy Jacaruso Gallery

Opening Reception October 15, 5-7 pm

The Betsy Jacaruso Gallery is pleased to present “His Eyes Were So Blue”, an exhibition of sensuous, lightweight installations by Mimi Czajka Graminski.
 Her installations are inspired by materials that evoke a sense of gravity, invisible air, and shadow play—such as, delicate fabric, translucent paper, and airy wool. She says, “I see my studio as a laboratory where I collect disparate specimens and then manipulate and transform them, sometimes contrasting them with unlikely pairing”. The exhibition  “His Eyes Were So Blue” includes works where the shadow appears more solid than the physical media, and the appearance of fragility is contrasted by inherent strength. Graminski relates these qualities to the intersection of feminism and femininity—“where strength and delicacy exist on the same plane."
We will host an opening reception, free and open to the public, on Saturday, October 15th, from 5-7pm.
The show will remain on view through the month of October. 

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