Stephanie Hilvitz

Stephanie Hilvitz, 'Vessel', plaster body cast with milkweed pods
Stephanie Hilvitz, ‘Vessel’, plaster body cast with milkweed pods. Photo courtesy of the Dairy ARTS Center.

Artist Statement: SEED :: disperse

Thru the image of the monarch butterfly, fragments of text stitched into the surface, milkweed pods as Goddess and specimen, I am exploring the conversation between life and death, spirit and soul, survival of species and the vessel of the seed to disperse these ideas.

The beautiful ancient Mexican belief that the monarchs return each year after a 3000 mile migration as the souls of loved ones who have died expresses how we as people use myth and imagination to transcend loss and accept what cannot be truly known.

What is known is the very existence of this magical migration is in danger because of contemporary agricultural practices. The use of glyphosates is wiping out our milkweed populations, the sole food source of the Monarch caterpillars.

In reciprocity I take inspiration for my art from the mythology, lore and science of the Monarch and give back by inspiring others to take up the cause.

Stephanie Hilvitz

Work in Progress: part of the 'Reciprocity' as seen in the studio. The gallery installation expressed hope as participants were invited to take a packet of milkweed seeds to scatter and grow, integrating the idea of 'dispersal' as an action as part of the exhibition.
Work in Progress: part of the ‘Reciprocity’ installation being developed in the studio. The gallery installation expressed hope as participants were invited to take a packet of milkweed seeds to scatter and grow, integrating the idea of ‘dispersal’ as an action beyond the gallery confines of the exhibition. Image courtesy of Stephanie Hilvitz

 

Stephanie Hilvitz collage painting of Monarchs integrates sewn reflections of migration
Stephanie Hilvitz collage painting of Monarchs integrates sewn reflections of migration

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Lee Lee

Lee Lee is a visual artist who integrates a collaborative, social practice oriented approach in her practice. Her paintings may be viewed at www.Lee-Lee.com & collaborations at www.virtualvoices.org

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