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JANUARY 24 - APRIL 26, 2015

Elverhøj is pleased to announce the opening of “Outside In,” a solo exhibition featuring multi-media artist Ro Snell. The public is invited to a reception honoring the artist on Saturday January 31 from 4 to 6 pm. Wine and refreshments will be served. There is no charge for admission.

As an artist, Ro Snell responds to her natural surroundings and seeks out beauty in everyday observations and gestures. Her work derives from a childhood spent on a farm in rural England and her current home in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Valley. The repetitious disciplines and actions of farming methods and repairs are inherent in the motions of making her artwork.

Incorporating both the salvaged and personal documentation, and using tools, branches and photographs as materials, the pieces on display are equal parts relic and record. Snell positions herself between control and randomness in her watercolors, collage and prints on paper.

Recognizing that time is the ultimate mark maker, Snell brings Nature into the formal space of the museum, a space traditionally associated with preservation. Carefully wrapped branches with no edges touching are piled up like pick-up sticks and once utilitarian tools laid out in a grid become an industrial reliquary. By bringing these found and reclaimed objects to our attention, Snell includes us in a specific moment in time and space. Her marks, impressions, distillations, deposits and actions fix these objects, making them fossilized poetry. Viewers are invited not just to observe, but to open up to the magnetic and enigmatic pull of the imprint of time—of real, remembered and natural history brought from outside, in.

Exhibition programming includes a bookmaking workshop led by Snell on March 21 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. On Saturday March 28, multimedia installation artist Lisa Kaftori joins Snell for an art conversation in the gallery. Art and the poetics of real, remembered and natural history will be the topic of their 4 pm talk.

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