K. Gretchen Greene, Underwater, USA, 2014

K. Gretchen Greene, Underwater, USA, 2014

K. Gretchen Greene, Underwater, USA, 2014

K. Gretchen Greene’s work offers a visual response to and recollection of coast living and its fluctuations. Her new triptych, Underwater, captures the artist’s reflections on environmental and economic impacts on coastal communities. Welded steel and lacquer sculptural waves are poised to crash, to engulf the viewer while reflecting the movement of memories as they appear and fade away. Underwater is comprised of three panels, from which torched text and plasma cut curling forms narrate the artist’s recollections.

The intricacies of Greene’s multidisciplinary mind—she is not only a sculptor and painter, but also a mathematician and lawyer—are visually expressed by the intricacies of her intensive, artistic process. Seeking the limits of her tools and material, she heats, hammers, bends, curls, and overlaps steel. Then, with graceful sweeping gestures, she writes with fire, leaving silver, bronze, and cobalt tones to mark the passage of time.

Beneath the weight of the albatross,
We forget how to smile.
Four years trying to sell.  Four years of heavy losses.
We try to forget.  At least for a little while.
Hope lost. 
And found.   
Halfway to halfway to halfway.
A bonfire scorches the sky.
We say goodbye.
And pick 24 pounds of blueberries.
I bike through Boston in the rain.
In no hurry, happy, I realize it doesn’t matter
That I’m soaked.
Every now and then I remember,
We have no house.

Underwater is sold as one piece but may be priced per panel. Dimensions: Underwater I:  88” H x 55” W x 15” D (2235mm x 1397mm x 381mm) Underwater II: 77” H x 50″ W x 18″ D (1956mm x 1270mm x 457mm) Underwater III: 92″ H x 38″ W x 12″ D (2337mm x 965mm x 305mm)

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