Curated by Kate Roth
Bethany Cordero and Deborah Newmark
Cordero explores issues of identity, memory, and the impermanence of self. As we age, we are left with vestiges of thoughts- memories of a life that no longer exists. We are in a perpetual state of transition from one state of consciousness to the next.
By grafting, binding, and welding these ancient materials together, I use the remnants to create sculptural assemblages that serve as a symbolic bridge between selfhood of today to the liminal space of tomorrow. Each iteration is equally referential and abstract, and serve as containers for space, composition and the inherent congruency and contradictions between my past and the present.
Newmark is curious about where things touch, where one thought ends and another begins, what is left unsaid. What is important to me is that I acknowledge a moment in time, one that will never exist again. Newmark uses collage, drawing and mixed media, layering materials and gesture, finding beauty in surprising relationships; often improvised or accidental.