Gallery Exhibit ‘Easement’ Uses Natural Imagery to Explore Connections

The Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery showcases paintings, drawings and installations by visiting artist Amy Sacksteder.

The artwork of Amy Sacksteder investigates the personal and universal significance of objects and place.

Paintings, drawings and installations by the Eastern Michigan University faculty artist will be on display in the Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery at Alma College from Monday, Feb. 13 through Thursday, March 16.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. A closing reception with the artist will be held Thursday, March 16, from 7 until 9 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

‘Land Rights Very Much on My Mind’

The exhibition, titled “Easement,” plays off of the two potentially contradictory definitions of the term — to allay fears and the right to use or gain access to someone else’s property for a specific purpose.

“In the wake of the election, inauguration, Dakota Access Pipeline turmoil and climate change, land rights have been very much on my mind,” says Sacksteder.

Among the works to be showcased are portions of the series “Cairn” and “Fear Souvenirs.” The latter includes works from 2016 and 2017.

Artwork Rooted in Painting and Drawing

“I situate the objects within paintings, re-contextualizing them, so as to live with and confront certain fears and even tend to them,” Sacksteder says of “Fear Souvenirs.” Meanwhile, “Cairn” engages relationships between and ideas surrounding artifacts and souvenirs with the vertical compositions within drawings that simulate stacked rock formations.

Sacksteder’s work has been exhibited around the globe in cities such as Budapest, Hungary; Reykjavik, Iceland; and Berlin, Germany. Additionally, her work has been sited on many contemporary art websites and published in journals such as New American Paintings and the Chicago Tribune.

Story published on February 13, 2017