Enjoy a virtual stroll through the Center's gallery and museum store downstairs, and navigate up the stairs to explore the Center's Permanent Collection. This 3D tour was created during the Center's 2016 exhibition, Wood Revisited.
By Merryll Saylan
In 1996, in a review of a women’s exhibition at Banaker Gallery in San Francisco, the question was asked: “Do women design and build differently than do men?” As we approach the end of this century and look ahead, I find myself wondering—have women’s roles changed, what does the future hold, why is the question of difference still asked?
The countless tactile possibilities of wood lend themselves to artwork that reflects the magnificence of the botanical world. This selection brings together work in praise of flowering trees, foliage, gardens, seeds, and cycles of growth.
One interesting sidelight in the exploration of cycles of growth is the challenge of working with "green wood"—chunks of unseasoned wood that are turned on a lathe or carved, then allowed to crack, or to warp into an eccentric shape during the drying process. OBJ 663, 665, 1055, 1056 are good examples of the technique.
Japanese woodturner Satoshi Fujinuma explains why he feels drawn to green wood: "This type of wood makes me feel the sense of life of the piece through the smell, moisture, hardness, color, and warp that the material possesses." Fujinuma is constantly aware and conscious that the wood is a growing organism; it is very much alive: "As a result of this consciousness, I am able to express the sense of 'time' and the organic form that I am looking for."
Karen brings more than twenty-eight years of collection management experience to the Center. She has worked for several notable arts and cultural organizations including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, The Rosenbach, and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Karen works closely with the Artistic Director, catalogs collection objects, oversees conservation, collection storage, and research requests, manages touring exhibitions, maintains the library and archival records, and is the exhibition coordinator for exhibiting artists and for the Windgate ITE Fellows.