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From the catalog:
“collect the splinters of what we know and let them stick in our skin like thistles, a
cactus of memory
gone silent in its furtive rite of purpose.”
“… she worked with sacred Native American artifacts—headdresses, medicine bags, ceremonial equipment. Items that had been in storage for over fifty years. It was here, while doing the left-brain work of counting eagle feathers that she became aware of a very frightening male energy. “A ghost.” ”
The attics and basements of Los Angeles have been raided to create Detritus, the latest art exhibit by assemblagist Lizzy Waronker. This new series of found-object sculptures emerges from the junk pile of day-to-day life – broken crockery, yellowed photographs, tattered mink vestments and all. Detritus examines the lasting presence and impact of this ‘baggage’ upon our lives, both personal and societal, and the potential – with a little reorganization – to form those remnants into new, previously unimagined realities.
Waronker’s assemblage art draws inspiration from the passage of time and its effect on nature and materials. Deeply inspired by spiritual art, Waronker strives to infuse her work with the same authenticity and emotion as a medieval altarpiece or religious relic. Finding beauty in decomposition and neglect, Waronker’s pieces explore mythologies, often in miniature, as well as postmodern reclaiming and re-purposing.
Los Angeles-based artist Lizzy Waronker is known for placing Lilliputian sculptures in over-sized environment installations. Drawing on childhood explorations in her family’s New England home, she injects an overwhelming amount of detail into her assembled worlds. She summons personal, as well as cultural experience to conjure Gothic American tapestries of folklore.