ArtPrize 2016

  “Oracle” is a wall sculpture composed of sixteen panels of glass hung at varying distances from the wall.  The panels overlap and interrelate in color and shape.  The sculpture is 48” wide x 85” high x 12” deep.  Surfaces are a mixture of shiny and matte.

Curiosity about unconscious thoughts and depths of perception led me to create Oracle.  I imagined peering over a bridge into a stream, as a metaphor for awareness.  How much can be known and what is always hidden?  What is that movement, that darting about?  At times, feelings and thoughts surface clearly and we can grasp them.  Often, an ephemeral glimpse may be all that is within reach.

I have always had a fascination with water.  My work has been about oceans, seas, scuba diving experiences, rivers, streams, and waterfalls as metaphors for psychological perceptions.  The idea for “Oracle” began with an image of a waterfall.  It then became a piece also embracing seaforms.  Soon, surprising bursts of red appeared in the blue/green palette.  The texture and graphics of each panel relate to water flow in a stream or river while images of creatures and plant life are hidden, or not, in the layers of glass.

There will be an Ann Arbor viewing of "Oracle" at Janet's studio after it returns from ArtPrize in October.  The exact date and time to be announced!

Janet at ArtPrize.