The Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center in Mountain View has scheduled “To Great Lengths, Installations,” an exhibition by artist Esther Traugot,” Dec. 9 through Jan. 22. A free public reception with Traugot, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Dec. 9, will open the exhibition.
Through the media of painting, sculpture and installation, Traugot’s work investigates a personal connection with the natural world. The interdisciplinary approach allows her to create works that play between seeing oneself as an intrinsic part of the natural landscape and as an observer of it.
She is interested in seeds, sticks and trees not only as objects, but also in the space they occupy as environments or fantasy landscapes. Traugot covers natural objects with crocheted threads in an attempt to “prop up” or “put back” what has been abandoned or broken. As bandage or cozy, these support structures investigate the relationship between nurturing and controlling nature.
The Mohr Gallery exhibition will include a crochet-covered branch of approximately 3 inches in length to crochet-covered trees 9-11 feet in height.
“The meticulous act of crocheting mimics the instinct to nurture and protect what is viable, what is becoming precious,” Traugot said. “As in gilding, these false ‘skins’ imbue the objects with an assumed desirability or value; the wrapping becomes an act of veneration.”
Although futile in its attempt at archiving and preservation, to Traugot, “it suggests optimism.” Her interest in the objects extends from the notion of landscape and how we not only experience, but also negotiate with the natural world.
Traugot earned a master’s degree in fine arts from Mills College and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. Her award-winning work is widely exhibited throughout the Bay Area.
CSMA’s Mohr Gallery, located at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, call 917-6800, ext. 306, or visit www.arts4all.org.