Inherent Growth: Rachel Montroy & Joe Montroy
Garden of Earthly Delights: Ellen Wetmore
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2, 5-8pm
Exhibit dates: November 26 – December 23
The three artists featured in December have each developed their own unique visual language of form and gesture. Their creations may seem familiar, reminiscent of those in our world, but they are subtly disruptive because, in fact, they are nothing we have seen. Filtered through the artist’s personal vision, they are hybrids that demand the viewer interprets and ascribes new meaning to them. The gallery will be open to the public beginning on November 26 with the following hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 12pm-5pm; closed on Sundays and Mondays. 3S Artspace is located at 319 Vaughan Street in Portsmouth, NH.
For Inherent Growth, spouses Rachel and Joe Montroy each create small scale forms that pack a large punch. Rachel’s ceramic sculptures and pottery are personal meditations on the beauty of objects from nature and their growth, physically and metaphorically. Her morphing forms are biological hybrids referencing objects such as coral, crustaceans, seeds, bulbs, fruit, and succulents, all combined in a way intending to provoke contemplation. She tries to capture a sense of tenderness and vitality with a minimalist approach, allowing the viewer to dwell in their stillness. Joe Montroy works in metal, creating complex forms whose visual weight belies their small scale. He is drawn to objects of an intimate scale directly related to human interaction. Intrigued by how we have meaningful relationships to objects small in size but not in significance he is inspired by prehistoric artifacts, how they became imbued with meaning, and acquired value, spiritual essence, ritual significance, and contained meanings beyond their materiality. His focus is on bringing attention to form and material, with emphasis on the unique, humble, and unpretentious objects. He is inspired by natural organic/amorphous and geometric forms, contrasting materials to draw attention to their inherent qualities.
Ellen Wetmore’s, Garden of Earthly Delights, is the result of a project to produce a drawing per day. To date she has amassed over 90 intimately scaled figurative sketches over marbled backgrounds produced by the artist herself. The content of these drawings is complex and personal. Wetmore’s work is on display at 3S Artspace courtesy of Kayafas Gallery. Wetmore writes, “In this moment we live in I find coded language must still be used to discuss the horrors of my experience, particularly around the female ability to deposit life, the desire to “pass” for sane, and general ideas of failure. I have held my own dead child and failed to find someone to speak to of it. And perhaps the reader can relate to that sinking feeling brought by the news of a family member’s overdose. I spend time in all of my work with the morphology of the body and its experience of the abject and messy, loss and failure, in a debt to Kristeva and Irigaray. Uncontrollable fluids, suicidal tendencies, sleep deprivation, memory loss, feelings of being trapped and overwhelmed, and fantastic body dysmorphia are all lived experience just from becoming a mother that I have described in my work.”