Material Exploration

Jessica Drenk's exhibition Regeneration is a merging of science and material. Her sculptural work beautifully transforms the mundane everyday object into an expression of nature. Using objects like pencils, books, and even q-tips, her sculptures bring to life the qualities of nature we all appreciate; balance, harmony, repetition, and grace. 

I had the wonderful  opportunity to meet and engage with the artist personally as she installed and created two pieces on-site; Dentrite and Bibliophylm.  I've noticed in the past that when I enjoy an artist's work, I generally enjoy the artist themselves and this was no exception. Jessica was truly a pleasure to get to know and work with. 


As 2017 has now come to a close, I've taken some time to reflect on all the artists I've had a chance to meet and interact with over the past 9 months. From Yechel Gagnon at the beginning of season to Mabel Poblet and Thomas Jackson, each artist has left me with a different experience and understanding of the work that they do and the world that inspires them.


One of the best aspects of my work is becoming familiar with so many amazing artists. Last night I had the wonderful privilege of connecting with the young Cuban artist Mabel Poblet.

Over dinner, I attempted the few Spanish skills I possess since Mabel only speaks a limited amount of English. Dinner became a wonderful mix of Spanglish going back and forth across the table. Mabel communicated that she is interested in pursuing more public work and site-based installations. I was truly happy to hear this since the programming I’m running at CYNTHIA-REEVES in North Adams is focusing so heavily on these kinds of projects.

A sign of the times, I think more artists are responding to the interconnected digital world that we are constantly interacting within. Images and artworks can now be shared over visual platforms instantly, but what these platforms don’t allow is a connection beyond just seeing the work. You can view a piece of artwork on your phone, but seeing that piece in person is an experience that your phone can’t translate digitally.

Your phone’s screen doesn’t consider the effort it took to travel to where the art was hanging, the sounds all around you as you stood viewing, or even the smells engulfing you. These stimuli are never stable and impossible to translate digitally. I believe public works or site-based installations expand into an overall experience for the viewer.

What Mabel was communicating to me was the urge to have her work reach people beyond what we are constantly fed on our phones. She is wanting to create work on-site with people able to come and interact with her and see her process in real time. After the work is completed, the viewer can walk in a space that is designed to create a new experience.

This is the kind of artwork I want to help bring into the world; work that is accessible to everyone that is willing to take the time to go experience.  


Someone close to me recently said 'publishing your thoughts to the world can be considered a public good'. As someone who considers herself fairly average in almost every way, I didn't agree that I had anything to say to the world that anyone would want to listen to. He argued that my unpretentious nature could have something important to say, but I would have to be vulnerable in order to share it. 

This is my humble attempt to be vulnerable with the world. 

Interestingly enough, this seems the perfect time to start a blog. So many changes are about to happen in my life. I've recently graduated with my bachelor's degree and subsequently been promoted to an art director position. I will be moving to a new state and will be initiating a new studio artists program for CYNTHIA-REEVES. 

With so many things happening at once, I think it's important to step back and reexamine what I'm doing and what I'm focusing on in life. I hope in the future that this blog becomes a place I can share my successes and personal thoughts on all that happens in my upcoming life. If you follow along, I thank you for sharing this journey with me.