Whitney River ’92
My artistic process begins with a deliberate openness to and awareness of the visual world. By removing the objects from their natural context and arranging them in a new environment, I allow them to develop new associations. The simplicity of my compositions emphasizes the way the organic forms interact with each other and the space around them. Separated from their origins and presented without distraction, I can focus on the individual objects, and appreciate them not only for what they are, but for what they might represent. Each branch reveals curves, bends, bumps and scars that express its unique character. A vine twists and wraps itself around a branch, a path through space. A shell begins to show signs of wear, as tiny cracks and fractures emerge, interrupting its perfect spiral. A seed holds the potential of an individual, as it suggests immeasurable possibilities.