Jillian Abir MacMaster (Frederick, MD), Beatifica 2, 2020. Scanography, archival inkjet print. $325.
“Beatifica 2 is a self-portrait exploring the predatory behavior of Catholicism, specifically addressing one's own existence in a spiritual realm. This photographic work, created with a document scanner and thus referred to as scanography, required me to move in the frame of the scanned area. Movement is necessary in the creation of my work in order to produce distortion of the subject and to smear the figure.”
-- Jillian Abir MacMaster
Sweta Shah (Vienna, VA), It’s Me, 2020. Acrylic. $2,220.
“It’s Me showcases a reflection of oneself. As time passes, while our external features age...our internal characteristics, especially the child in us, always remains central to our existence. Painted in acrylic, drawing with pencil, conte, and charcoal. Simple applications and color story used to enhance the message.”
-- Sweta Shah
Sara Dittrich (Baltimore, MD), Breath of the Moon, 2019. Atlantic tide clock. $250.
“But the most admirable thing of all is the union of the ocean with the orbit of the moon. At every rising and every setting of the moon the sea violently covers the coast far and wide, sending forth its surge, which the Greeks call reuma; and once this same surge has been drawn back it lays the beaches bare, and simultaneously mixes the pure outpourings of the rivers with an abundance of brine, and swells them with its waves. As the moon passes by without delay, the sea recedes and leaves the outpourings in their original state of purity and their original quantity. It is as though it is unwittingly drawn up by some breathings of the moon, and then returns to its normal level when this same influence ceases.”
-- Opera de Temporibus, Section XXIX, the Venerable Bede, 703 AD
“A tide clock ticks in real-time, synced with the tide charts of where the clock is installed. This object serves as a poignant reminder of the natural rhythms that surround us but are not always perceptible in the midst of our busy lives. Just as our bodies breathe and move every day, so does the earth.”
-- Sara Dittrich
Chris Combs (Washington, DC), Side Guide Control, 2020. Industrial steel enclosure, video, computer, LCD display. $2,295.
“Side Guide Control is a tight cage around motion. The 500 drilled holes in this industrial steel enclosure peek at slowly moving “cinemographs” of environmental change: glacial meltwaters, geothermal venting, eroding human structures. Each hole shows a tiny portion of the screen inside the device, which is displaying footage captured by the artist. The holes’ placement mimics the human eye, with centralized focus. As it changes from scene to scene, some more active than others, the overall effect is to inspire “double takes” as a static-seeming scene suddenly erupts with motion.”
-- Chris Combs
Amy Sinbondit (Chevy Chase, MD), Unicode+25AF, 2019. Porcelain, glaze, resin epoxy. $6,000.
“This sculpture was built with thin strips of clay in a tall, upright position. I was counting on the clay moving in the heat of kiln firing and was prepared that I may not know what I would see when I opened the kiln. The structure swayed, split, and no longer stood upright. The resulting form captured the evidence of graceful movement of the material under the conditions of heat and gravity.”
-- Amy Sinbondit