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Merryll Saylan: This is Your Life

November 2, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Free

Merryll Saylan: This is Your Life
Curated by Glenn Adamson
November 2, 2018 – January 20, 2019

The California-based wood sculptor and turner Merryll Saylan is an influential voice in the craft and wood field.  Coming of age at a time when technique and spectacular timbers were the two primary emphases in the field, she took an entirely different approach. She scraped rather than cut her work – a more incremental and less risk-taking approach than that of many of her peers. More importantly, Saylan used relatively neutral woods which she could texture and infuse with colored dyes. This painterly approach immediately set her apart. Rather than showpieces of raw skill, her objects come across as lyrical and poetic personal statements. In retrospect, her embrace of a slow and meditative aesthetic seems visionary. Her works have an ongoing resonance that seems more contemporary with every passing year.

The retrospective will take the measure of Saylan’s career. It will include approximately 40 of her works, ranging from her early large sculptures (which address gender identity) through her mature works: subtly modulated platters, bowls, and still-life inspired objects.

Details

Start:
November 2
End:
January 20, 2019
Cost:
Free
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Organizer

The Center for Art in Wood
Phone:
(215) 923-8000
Email:
info@centerforartinwood.org
Website:
www.centerforartinwood.org

Venue

The Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia,PA19106United States
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Phone:
(215) 923-8000
Website:
www.centerforartinwood.org