circle of life, collage, divers complex life forms, Earth House, iconic nature, life, Loren Eisely, Magritte, NW coast Indian transformation masks, poetry, retablos, seen, Touchstone Gallery DC, unseen
Rosemary Luckett has come full circle this April in her Touchstone solo exhibition Earth House. She continues with a circle of life theme that she started in a Round River series some years ago, probing relationships between the earth, its living creatures and humankind. Through images of the seen, she points to – hints at – what is often unseen. “The apparent visible and the hidden visible… in nature are never separated,” wrote Magritte, an artist she admires. The fun in looking at her works is to discover both visible and related hidden.
In Earth House, Rosemary focuses less on human proliferation and consumption and more on the living creatures and elements that support human life. Her medium this time is collage and poetry which tell stories of the bonds and intertwinings between life forms: minuscule phytoplankton to tall trees to us, for example. Inspired by Northwest coast Indian transformation masks, Southwestern Hispanic retablos, and writings of Loren Eisely, she houses some of her works in wood shrines, emphasizing their iconic nature. This current exhibit is, all in all, an exploration of the impressive achievement and adaptive competence of living creatures who preceded humans, begetting more diverse and complex forms over eons on a fiercely wild and often inhospitable planet. And the Great Dreamer Creator behind the mask of the universe in all its majesty and in all its minutiae. Rosemary Luckett
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Earth House March 30 to May 1. Opening Friday May 8, 6-8:30 pm; Meet the Artist Saturday May 23, 5-7 pm. Regular viewing hours W-F 11-6, S-S 12-5