Image: Ruth Eckland

Concept:

The exhibition explores what it is to lose something, someone, some direction and some sense of self. But is it so bad to be a flaneur, flaneuse, in wanderlust, in terra incognita, a nomad, a shaman, a drifter?

A fantastic array of international artists come together in one space to find lucidity in that loss. Through various retrieval methodologies the artists explore navigational strategies, emotional celibacy, memories, reinvention, survival skills and escapism. Work exhibited include film, animation, photography, installations, drawings, paintings and sculpture to keep hold of old ties, retrace steps and to experience the joy of retrieval.

The exhibition asks the audience how we find clarity and closure when the subject has ceased. It allows the artists to answer how the unforeseen is evitable not calculated or measured because ultimately our possessions may have disappeared but we are still here.


Image: Ellen Jantzen

Claire Bowman



Berkeley, California USA

'Samsara, Abatement, Requiem'

Oil on Canvas (16x20" each)

Objects often elucidate emotions associated with loss. Three paintings, Samsara, Abatement, and Requiem, served as my exercise in accepting death. The objects shown elicit a desire to possess the fleeting warmth of the moment, soon to be transformed into tokens of loss.