Systems: Artist Talk

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Swan Coach House Gallery says
Join us for a discussion with Amie Laurel Esslinger and Lauren Michelle Peterson!

About the show:

This exhibit explores how art can decode and/or create networks based on our natural and social worlds. Esslinger takes inspiration from the intricacies and logic of the cellular world of plants, seeds and the human body. Peterson uses consumer artifacts and the detritus of contemporary society to create systems which translate materials into works of art. Collectively, their work acknowledges an order that accepts chaos, subjectivity, and uncertainty, while at the same time it embraces the complex networks of the natural world.

Esslinger meticulously cuts and stacks painted paper to create intricate layered compositions based on organic cell structures. Her approach interjects activity not visible to the human eye into the real space of the gallery. By creating tangible depth and weight in her work, Esslinger illuminates and expands upon microscopic life systems.

In a similar yet contrasting fashion, Peterson generates forms that grow and transform as readily as the biological. In her sculpture, installations, and two-dimensional compositions, she reclassifies consumer artifacts by their material attributes of color, texture, and shape. The result is that devalued found objects then function as aesthetic artifacts
distinct from their original identities.

Esslinger is a native of the north Georgia mountains and the daughter of two self-taught artists. Her palette evokes the energy of the natural world with an outsider art sensibility. She developed skills working with clay, fabric, and metal while completing a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Georgia State University in 2008. Later, while living in Chicago, she began to hone her unique style of layered imagery and stacked paper, which established the groundwork for her current series. Esslinger returned to Atlanta in 2015 and continues to conceive and create work employing systematic techniques built around repetition and duplication.

Peterson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. She creates new systems for devalued objects, focusing on the potential ontological ramifications of a consumption-based society. Peterson received her Masters of Fine Art in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking from Georgia State University in 2015. Recent exhibitions include On the Edge at Aqua Art Miami, Message from the Sea at the GAIA Center in Athens, Greece, Forget Me Not at Zuckerman Museum in Kennesaw, GA, and A Large But Finite Number at Southside Gallery in Oxford, MS. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art, Goya Contemporary, and the International Printing Museum. Peterson is currently an instructor at Georgia State University and a 2015/16 MINT Leap Year Fellow.

This exhibition is sponsored by Mickie Keough and Eileen Millard
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By: Swan Coach House Gallery

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