Cazenovia College welcomes the work of four artists to campus September 8 through October 6 at the Gallery in Reisman Hall at 6 Sullivan Street in the village of Cazenovia. “Deep Roots & Many Moons” is a mixed-media group exhibition featuring the work of photographer Beth Bischoff, ceramists Jo Buffalo and Margie Hughto, and painter Sarah McCoubrey. An opening reception and artists' lectures on Thursday, September 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. will kick off the showcase which is free and open to the public.
“Deep Roots & Many Moons” harnesses the energies of the artists to present a sense that reveals our constant connectivity with nature,” noted Jen Pepper, Cazenovia College professor of Art and director of the Art Gallery. “The explorations and excavations made by the artists illustrate a sense of curiosity of the past and their relevance to the present.”
The works are comprised of digitized black and white film, porcelain and other clay bodies, paint and graphite on canvas and found papers. “Each artists exploration is both mindful and engaging,” added Pepper.
Artists' statements about their work:
Beth Bischoff: My photographs are painterly in style in contrast to the virtual reality of today. Images of humans fused with ancient trees suggest an intimate, powerful connection to the world. There is a majesty revealed in an image of these trees and a mystical union of tree roots and flowing earth contours. I was influenced by the pictorialist movement photographers, like Anne Brigman and Edward Steichen. My images are suggestive rather than literal. They inspire romance and introspection. In 2012, I spent months at a time traveling around Yucatan ruins. I couldn’t help but sense what it was like to have lived in the villages in those times. They built temples and cities housing thousands of people until their downfall from overpopulation and soil depletion leading to the destruction of the ecology. I feel there is a comparison to what’s happening in our world now. Learn more about Bischoff’s work at www.BethBischoff.com.
Jo Buffalo: All artists decide what their job is within the greater art world. Some choose to be provocateurs; some choose work with the formal elements within a medium. I have chosen to be a storyteller. My interest in stories and science has fueled my artwork for the past 56 years. The pieces explore a narrative related to an event, or myth, or phenomena. Sometimes the work is about the forms of nature. The structure of the work is somewhere between two dimensions and three dimensions. I love in-between the two. The form and the surface make the story. By approaching the subject in an unconventional way, my hope is to interest the viewers in undertaking their own exploration. The work is consistent with life: imperfect, unexpected, sometimes funny, sometimes puzzling. I always hope for beautiful.
Margie Hughto: My ceramic sculptures have always been inspired by layers in the earth, nature, and time. Although some of the work is free-standing, most are wall oriented. My most recent work (2016-2021), which I refer to as the “Excavation Series,” draws inspiration from archeological dig sites and landfills, both bodies of evidence that mark human activity and the passing of time. For this series, my way of working is to press mold or slip cast household items, discarded technology, and things from nature and arrange them in sculptural collages. In some ways, tension exists between the beauty and the serious subject of waste and remains. I try to make work which turns obsolescence and human debris into a provocative spectacle. Learn more about Hughto’s work at www.margiehughtostudio.com.
Sarah McCoubrey: My work has does not flow in a direct line from one thought to another. I work in an intuitive manner which meanders and weaves together various interests in painting, drawing, landscape, history and feminist inquiries. My recent work has included imagery from mostly Dutch traditional maritime paintings of the sea with the iconic sails of mercantile and war ships. These paintings are often about national power, commerce and war. My work also goes in another direction. The lace patterns made in the lowlands come to re-describe the Dutch sailing ships on the sea. My ships with sails of lace that can hold no wind, travel on waves of lace that can hold no water. Learn more about McCoubrey’s work at www.SarahMcCoubrey.net.
Cazenovia College invites the public to campus to view this exhibition. The Art Gallery in Reisman Hall is open to the public Monday through Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information about “Deep Roots & Many Moons” exhibition and the Art Gallery, please go to www.cazenovia.edu/art-gallery.