Schumacher Gallery to Exhibit 'What Remains' Installation January 6 – March 3

"What Remains," an art installation by artist Meg Bloom, will be on view in the Schumacher Gallery from Friday, Jan. 6, through Friday, March 3.

Artist Meg Bloom with details of her art installation entitled "What Remains"

Schumacher Gallery to Exhibit 'What Remains' Installation January 6 – March 3

"What Remains," an installation art exhibition created by artist Meg Bloom, will be on display in Westover's Schumacher Gallery from Friday, January 6, through Friday, March 3. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 6, from 5 to 6:30 pm in the gallery.

In her artist's statement, Bloom said, "Finding beauty in the imperfect or impermanent, acknowledging moments of change, and engaging with the process of transformation (often) form the basis of my work. My process is guided by the mix of planning and chance that the materials I use offer to the imagery.

"My art often references nature (including human nature)," Bloom continued, "whether evoking the skeletons or remains of what was or the discovery of new life (growth) stealing its way amidst the ashes. It reflects memories, traces, and fantasies that combine metaphors for what has been and will be.

"I may start with pulp to produce large handmade paper sculptures," Bloom added, "or raw fibers which I cook and peel, then reassemble, or layers of silk and wax and papers which I transform through the use of heat. Regardless of the end product, my process involves a breaking down and reassembling or revisioning of both the materials and my own visual memories."

As Westover's theme for the 2016-2017 academic year is "Reverence for the Earth," Bloom's "What Remains" complements the classes, programs, and presentations that ask students to reflect on society's relationship with the natural world.

Based in New Haven, Bloom said, "Art-making has always been a major focus in my life. I was also a social worker for 30 years and have been committed to trying to integrate the two. My work references nature and issues around imperfection and impermanence including both deterioration and regeneration.

"In 1998 I left my social work job to attend a three-year program at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture," Bloom said. "Much of my work was still figurative at this point, but I became increasingly interested in abstraction while working with sculptor Lee Tribe.

"After leaving the Studio School in 2001," Bloom added, "I began to experiment with a progression of different materials. Over the next 5 years I fell on a happy mistake while experimenting with heat on silk, synthetic organza, paper and wax. I developed my own process which I have continued to use since that time. I also began making handmade paper, mostly with abaca and flax fibers, which I then assemble into sculptural forms. Two years ago I took a workshop with Jiyoung Chung, where I learned the basics of Joomchi, a Korean paper-making technique using kozo, a mulberry fiber paper. In the process, papers are layered and then felted into one cohesive form – usually two-dimensional, though in my case more frequently three. Most recently I have been working with the raw kozo fiber, falling in love with its texture and seeing it as a vehicle for my own visual associations."

In addition to her art studies at the New York Studio School, Bloom holds an A.B. from Brandeis University and an M.S.W. from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Throughout her art career, she has exhibited and had installations in a number of galleries and museums and has participated in artist residencies and community art projects in Connecticut and New York.

The Schumacher Gallery is open to the public Mondays through Fridays from noon until 5 pm and Saturday from 1 to 5 pm. The gallery is closed Sundays. The gallery is located on South Street. Visitors must access the gallery through Westover's main entrance, which is located on the Middlebury Green.