Megan Sterling and Matt Bodett both establish meaning via mental and emotional expressions which are based in their personal experiences with personal traumas, mental illness, depression, and anxiety. That Which Holds Us looks at the boat as a metaphor for life as being dependent now and then on the presence of a container — a thing that holds us. The container can preserve life as well as take it away. Both artists use a variety of media centered around their core practices of printmaking and drawing.
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Image: left- Megan Sterling, I Stopped Somewhere, Charcoal, acrylic, neon on wood, 54 x 46”, 2019; right- Matt Bodett, Step t, Trace Monotype, 72 x 48", 2019