Welcome Home/Shadow Home
Visual artist Elizabeth Keithline invites you to Welcome Home/Shadow Home, an exhibition of wire sculptures and paintings with a component of public participation in the form of family-friendly shadow tracing sessions. Lightweight modular wire sculptures configured on the gallery floor cast shadow drawings on the walls of the gallery. The abstract shapes create a playful “memory” of skeletal, stacked wire beams and rafters. Light passes through the wire mesh to create organic, lacy ‘drawings’ that are ever-changing under viewer’s hands as they are moved in the light.
During the run of the exhibition, the public is invited to participate in shadow tracing sessions on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Paper and pencils will be provided. Participants can either take their artwork home or contribute it to a gathering of drawings created during the exhibit.
Musicians Sal Cataldi & Jeff Keithline will create a live, site-specific improvisational music soundscape at the opening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. They will draw inspiration from the artwork, as well as the themes of wire, color, and movement to create a sonic backdrop for the event.
About the Artist
Elizabeth Keithline’s work focuses on human self-extension and its effects.
In 1996, she invented a sculpture technique wherein wire is woven around an object and then burned out, leaving behind a wire ‘memory’.
In 2019, she installed (The Air) As It Moves at Umass Dartmouth. Curated by Viera Levitt, the exhibit featured hanging woven-wire sculptures that cast shadows on the floor and walls of the gallery. Keithline installed 9’ sheets of paper on the walls and traced the wire shadows each weekend, creating a second abstraction of the exhibit within the first. She also invited the public to trace shadows and those works either became part of the show, or were taken home, extending the abstraction to a third and fourth layer.
Keithline’s interest in how far an abstraction can go, how many iterations of a thought can be manifested, is ongoing. Her work at Jane Street Art Center in Saugerties, NY focused on extending the wire sculptures, which were once simply an idea in her mind, further on into cast shadows, through to drawings on paper, and even further on to canvas and paint. With Welcome Home/Shadow Home, viewers will once again be asked to trace shadows with Keithline and to carry their abstractions away.
Keithline has curated exhibits and shown her own artwork at the Danforth Museum, Wheaton College, Real Art Ways, Craft Alliance St. Louis, the Newport Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, New York University, Mark Miller Gallery, Governors Island NY, Mobius Boston, and the Fuller Museum. She has worked on family-friendly public art projects for the Peabody Essex Museum, the Governors Island Art Fair, Boston’s Downtown Improvement District, ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, & Art In The Park Worcester.