SOUP experimental will open Sydney Ewerth’s exhibition Ramblin’ this Friday, August 4th from 7-10 PM. The exhibition will run through August 26th.
The relationship between an object and the shadow it casts is rich with metaphorical significance to memory and identity. As we move through the world, every new moment is registered as a fresh image in our mind. Viewing and experiencing something in real time provides clarity. Time tends to distort that image. Details are lost the further away you are from any particular moment and your memory recollects a vague place holder of a once crisp image. The shadow serves as a vague silhouette of any object that represents the generalized idea of the form. The details that are lost in the shadow relate to the details we lose as time moves on. I am interested in the relationship between object and shadow because they represent the same thing expressed through two very different identities. My current work uses this relationship to celebrate themes of abstraction, repetition, and decoration which orbit around the subject of identity and iteration. My practice involves several different veins of materials and processes. I reference objects that I encounter through my life, but I want to use the sculptures and the shadows as a suggestion that hints to something recognizable. I am interested in what we can learn about the objects identity in relation to our own by using the shadow to echo and expand the identity of the original artifact.
Atlanta native Sydney Ewerth received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture and ceramics from Augusta University (formerly Georgia Regents University) in Augusta, Georgia. She recently received her Master of Fine Arts at The University of Alabama. She is currently working as a part-time instructor for the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Alabama.