Sep 30th 2017

Laurie Wessman LeBreton

@ Essentia

2118 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Opening Saturday, September 30th, from 4PM - 6PM

On view through Monday, October 30th

Join us as we experience the physical manifestation of Laurie Wessman LeBreton’s work. This dynamic exhibition will be on display through October. Artist reception and talk: September 30th, 4 to 6 pm Refreshments

Artist’s Statement

How do people understand what it means to be
human? How do we endure contradiction, uncertainty, fear, suffering and loss? How do we celebrate joy and beauty? Over the millennia people have created supernatural spirits in an enormous variety of forms and temperaments to deal
with their humanity. Their creative interactions with these spirits are a constant source of inspiration for me. I create my own spirits through sculpture with handmade paper. Many of my influences come from popular religious culture: Haitian altars, Indian roadside shrines, 15th century Japanese Buddhas and the simple artifacts sold outside South American cathedrals.
Working with multiples is a strong
component of my work.  It is both a metaphor and a strategy.
Multiples, especially those with variations, point to the simple yet complicated nature of most things.  As an artistic strategy, they offer an opportunity for experimentation within a structure, for stillness with many variations.  As a visual strategy, they calm a busy eye, with each object informing the others. These multiples hang from the ceiling, are mounted on pedestals and stand on the floor. Their installation actually
completes the work. Each installation is site-specific, reflecting the space, the inclination of the installer and the ephemerality of the spirit world.

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