Claire E. Roll
On View: September 2–October 18, 2017
Reception: Saturday, September 2, 4–6 p.m.
Claire Roll | Artist Statement
As we go through our daily lives, as we experience the "day to day,” we log, categorize, and remember specific sensory impressions—experiences or encounters—that make us pause or shift our focus from one lens to another. These experiences build up, layering themselves one on top of the next, weaving an intricate network of cognitive memory. The connections we draw from one to the next allow us to recognize and identify ourselves in the way we have interpreted the world.
In my experience, there seems to be a connection between the buildup of individual sensory impression and the universal and communal knowledge that we share. We are forever in a state of becoming; a state of perpetuation. We attempt to reconnect as singular members of a larger whole. This intersection of transformative individual experience and communal knowledge seems to correlate with the existence of an omniscient and ever present divine Creator. It is with this benevolent being that we participate in the communal act of recreating, reforming, and remembering the intent for which we were made.
Whether it is within or without, I have found these things to be true:
Creation is not an act that can be started and completed.
Creation is an act that is continuing.
It is always.
It is ever.
This work represents my way of continuing. My way of gathering and perpetuating, searching and tethering. Of bringing things together trying to make sense of the paradoxes present in the world and those that are present within me. I am trying to make sense of the opposition that seems to tear things apart. I have a desire to live in the either/and not just the either/or. This body of work, and the process taken to give it life, has been a form of connecting, of bringing about, of participating in the active waiting process of transformation.
FIELD VISIONS: MASAKO KAMIYA, NATHAN MINER, AND LYNDA SCHLOSBERG
FACULTY ALUMNI RECENT WORK
KENNETH STEINBACH: The Machine in the Ghost
21st CENTURY MONOCHROME
WAYNE ADAMS IS SPEAKING IN TONGUES
TIM HARNEY: My Mother's Hands, My Father's Heart: Paintings and Collages, 2000–2012
FIORE/DRAWING: The Drawings and Watercolors of Joseph A. Fiore
FROM MY BOOK: Installations by Jay Walker
MONOTYPE GUILD OF NEW ENGLAND: 3rd National Juried Exhibition
QU4RTETS: Paintings by Bruce Herman and Makoto Fujimura
ALLISON LUCE: Ancient Expanse
SEEING CHRIST IN THE DARKNESS: Georges Rouault as Graphic Artist
WORK: Curse or Calling?
TROPE & TRAPEZE: New Work by Edward Knippers
ROSE OLSON: Color, Soft as Memory
DIANE AYOTT: Beyond Measure
MATTHEW BALLOU: Redeeming Tensions
Thaddeus Beal: Rhythm and (Re)Emergence
Drawing As Encounter
Tangible Dreams of a Dying Explorer
Host & Hunger: Recent Work by Jim Zingarelli
Current Work: By Adjunct Art Faculty of Gordon College
Magnificat: Recent Work by Bruce Herman and Tanja Butler on the Life of the Virgin Mary
Russian Photography: From the Soviet Era to the 1990s
Looking Comes First
Susan Heideman: Approaching the Liminal
Field Report: Works by Members of The Boston Printmakers
The Next Generation: Contemporary Images of Faith
Highly Favored: Contemporary Images of the Virgin Mary
Standing on One Foot (Work by Barbara Grad, Heejung Kim, Lauren O'Neal, and Jedediah Morfit)
House as a Fortress (Prints by Dan Steeves)
Icon and Logos (Sandra Bowden Retrospective)
Sacra Conversazione (Work by Tanja Butler and Tyrus Clutter)
Archetype & Whimsy (Work by Erica Daborn, Donna Dodson, Renata Fryshara, Shaun McNiff, and Rob Roy)
Recent Work of Gordon Alumni (Michelle Arnold, Anthony Falcetta, Jon MacAdam, and Truitt Seitz)