Terry Maker: Reckoning
Feb. 18 – June 3, 2012
The Garden of Nineveh – Bitter (detail), 2008, resin, shredded U.S. currency, puzzles, bubble wrap, aluminum foil.
Courtesy of the artist and Robischon Gallery
Featuring an 100-foot snake made of shredded money slithering its way through the middle of the FAC’s signature El Pomar Gallery, Terry Maker: Reckoning is a contemporary exhibition rich in color, texture and symbolism. Candy becomes beautiful abstract shapes, film transforms into tree branches, and plastic bottles capture color in interesting patterns.
Terry Maker's art beautifully and forcefully expresses her fascination with the meaning of desired objects and the extension of their significance into physical and spiritual realms. Maker's themes of creativity, spirituality, consumption, longing, transition, creation, and decay are woven together through art with English literature references of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, T.S. Eliot's Wasteland, Milton’s Paradise Lost and John Steinbeck's East of Eden.
Large-scale works such as The Garden of Nineveh and Reptilius Consumerus Devourus will immerse the viewer in Maker's vision of Edenic bliss layered with human frailty. Ozymandian Tree – A Silent Film, Maker's newest work, takes viewers on a poetic journey through its branches while suggesting the inevitable demise of earthly strength and power.
Other works address our compulsive desire, persistent memory, and transitory lives through works that appear purely abstract, yet express elemental and universal human experience.
“Maker is a Boulder artist who's been exhibiting her extremely original pieces for the past 25 years,” writes Denver weekly, Westword.