REBECCA CROSS: EPHEMERA at BAYarts
In these tenuous times, making art has become an altogether strange activity. I’m making small silk sculptures around rocks and sticks, as well as mixed media paintings/drawings, all largely influenced by the shores of Lake Erie: its geological formations, its flora and fauna, its water and light. These natural elements seem to share with our contemporary moment the quality of almost suspended animation, as much of the (especially national) political world refuses to respond to the suffering of the natural world, and to so many of its inhabitants, including other humans. Examining this vexed and beautiful ecosystem often feels like gasping for a last breath of air. How will we ever stop the ravages of catastrophic change that humans have wrought on this gorgeous planet?
The working title of the show is Ephemera, denoting both the idea of impermanence and the literal meaning of ephemera, which is the accumulation of inconsequential stuff that we work in, around, and with, even, or especially, as artists. The COVID-19 epidemic sent me inward in many ways, including excavating bits and scraps of old work to refashion into something new: enacting a kind of reflective, vaguely anti-consumption art practice, while making new work about impermanence.
EPHEMERA | OCTOBER 9-NOVEMBER 13
SOCIALLY DISTANCED OPENING 5-8PM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 | SCHEDULE ON EVENTBRITE | MASKS ARE REQUIRED
BAYarts Night Gallery: groups of six to ten enjoy a VIP private gallery visit with an artisan boxed dinner from Well Done Catering on Wednesdays and Fridays. Reserve at bayarts.net.
Gallery hours: 10am-3pm or by appointment; hours are subject to change
28795 Lake Road
Bay Village, Ohio 44140