a solo show by Lindsay Stribling
May 4 – 25
closing reception Friday, May 25, from 6–10 pm
Artist talk at 7 pm
Cunning Folk is an installation of welded steel, cast bronze and 35mm photography that examines ritual as it pertains to individual practice and the healing process.
Over time and with the help of many encouraging instructors, Lindsay has found that she has a natural affinity for working with metal. This, and her lifelong curiosity about fire and predilection for the fantastical has shaped both the metal itself and the structure of this installation.
When it came time for Lindsay to share her recent work with the public, it took a lot of encouragement and the shared support of her peers. With the rising number of public allegations of sexual misconduct and the recent resurrection of the #metoo movement on a viral scale, Lindsay has realized that she too is part of a larger community of people who are looking to support each other and that the work she had been producing stemmed in great part from her shared experiences.
Her affinity for metal, in particular for welding, takes on greater meaning when put in the context of being a male-dominated field. The elegant and oft considered feminine plant forms executed in steel are a stark contrast to the traditional use of steel in construction. The carefully constructed 35mm composite image is made of portraits of industrial, mechanical devices likely assembled by and used by men that now sit in a scrap yard, pillars representing their own obsolescence. The bronze and silver cast plants and insects are made of metal but appear no less delicate than the forms they are inspired by. They wind around shards of glass and decaying metal, creating new bonds between fragmented pieces.
The installation itself serves as the setting for a fictional story. A woman in a post apocalyptic world creates a sanctuary for herself using the same materials that contributed to the collapse of the place she resides in. She tries to piece together a suit of armor from found bone, glass and metal. She makes tools from blackened, rusted steel and iron. She uses these instruments to perform white magic rituals for herself and the betterment of the world around her. She is part of a new generation of Cunning Folk.