Vanishment: Mixed Media Work by Janet Van Fleet
Opening Reception: Thursday April 4, 2019
Exhibit Runs April 4–June 28, 2019
Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM–4:30 PM
Montpelier Artwalk: Friday, May 3 • 4:00–7:00 PM
111 State Street, Montpelier
In this exhibit Janet Van Fleet explores the fraught relationship between humans and the natural world, using, in part, repurposed materials from previous bodies of work.
“Humans have always shared the planet's history with other animals, plants, and microbes, so I thought it appropriate to make work that engages my own history as an artist, exploring how my previous thoughts and actions can still be relevant to a new, differently-focused, body of work. Similarly, it is only by looking at human history with new eyes that we can perceive where and how we have decoupled ourselves from the natural world.” –Janet Van Fleet
Eight shellacked paintings from 1998 have received collaged figures of people and animals made with wine foils (the wrappers of a wine bottle that seal the cork). The pieces in this series chronicle the dissolution of a “relationship” between humans and the natural world from beginning to end.
Van Fleet’s 31-foot installation, Digesting the Planetwas built on an 18" high grid of rusted steel. "Intestines" are made with red and brown buttons threaded on wire, interspersed with the boxes that once contained the buttons. Small groupings of plastic animals find shelter within these boxes. The medium here is ironic—the animals are made of what threatens them.
July–September 2019: Lois Eby
October–December 2019: Janie Cohen