Phyllis Ewen &
July 21 to August 9
OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, July 21, 6 - 8pm
Artists Talk 5:30 - 6pm
Ewen has chosen an apt title for her show: Flux & Flow. As the works on display make clear, the movement of the earth’s surface is a source of inspiration and imagery for her. She explores anthropogenic climate change and its effect on land and water: rising seas, drying rivers, shifting coastlines and volatile geothermal terrains. Her abstract landscapes refer to Cape Cod, the Eastern seacoast, and the Reykjanes peninsula of Iceland. Ewen’s palette includes umbers, ochers, crimson, and sienna with occasional blues and greys. Maps, photographs and charts are turned into sculptural collages, allowing us to imagine ourselves within a dimensional landscape. As she says, “To inhabit the world—or artwork—is an important way of understanding it.”
Ridker has spent the last 45 summers in Wellfleet enamored of “Cape Cod’s gorgeous landscapes.” All of her current monoprints are influenced by these surroundings. She works in printer's ink on handmade paper with layers and layers of images that fashion the final prints. The results remain improvisational and full of life. During summers, Ridker has worked in the printmaking studio at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, producing prints using handmade German and old Japanese papers. She has also had a career as a ceramics artist and has taught at both American University and the Corcoran School of Art in the Washington, DC, her winter home. A life-long traveler, Ridker continues to make trips abroad to study and teach.