Please join us for Edge States: Inner Landscapes Outside, an exhibition of watercolors and artist's books by Amy Fleischer, as well as poems by Anna M. Warrock.
On view May 16-31, 2014. Join us for an opening reception on Friday May 16, from 7-10pm, or for the closing + poetry reading w/ guest poet Lis Weiss on May 28, 7:30 pm. The show will also be on view during three Saturdays in May (17, 24, 31) from 12-4 pm or by appointment.
Drawn to travel in far-away places, Fleischer has explored remote regions of the United States, India, Norway, and Scotland—many of which are depicted in her paintings and artist's books. Through the lens of these striking landscapes, Fleischer examines enduring aspects of the human condition. Likening horizons to cell membranes, she calls on the rich variety of edges in each place as a source of metaphor for the complexly shifting borderlands of interpersonal relationships. Contrasting the diffuse edges of misty mountains with more structurally defined rooftops, Fleischer’s landscapes draw on the material qualities of each place to depict what is shared between people.
Warrock’s poems also feature a geographical sensibility in part by exploring the pathos and radical reorientation that accompanies loss. She holds that “grief is a continent the grieving must travel through” and also uses horizons as a gateway in moving toward inner landscapes.
Amy Fleischer is a multidisciplinary artist who studied drawing, painting, and printmaking at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. After growing up landlocked in Nashville, she lived for several years in Seattle, where she worked as a cook on a sailboat and taught people how to make books when she was on land. While pursuing a graduate degree in occupational therapy, she was awarded a LCC Fellowship Grant from the Somerville Arts Council.
Anna M. Warrock’s poems have been set to music and also permanently installed in a Boston-area subway station. Publications include the chapbooks Horizon and Smoke and Stone, and the anthology Kiss Me Goodnight, Poems and Stories by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died, a Minnesota Book Award finalist, as well as poems in numerous journals. She has been awarded both Somerville Arts Council Literature Fellowships and Project Grants.
Lis Weiss is a poet who teaches writing and literature at Salem State University and has a MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She has taught poetry in preschools, prisons, and nursing homes, as well as to people with intellectual disabilities. Her award-winning poems have appeared in multiple journals. She recently ran a writing workshop on material culture and thing theory, as well as another on writing the sea, exploring the ocean as metaphor.