We work next to each other, every day.  When we are not in our studios, we can usually be found in Pratt 108.  It is a space that we can retreat to when the Nobles' world gets hectic.  We bump into colleagues or meet more formally in this room.  Our department meetings are filled with good food, self-deprecating laughter, and an intense desire to share our ideas, our hopes for our students, our doubts.  However, one thing we don't often share in this room is our own work and our own struggles to create.  Sometimes, it is too difficult to bring up.  Often, we are so focused on teaching that our own studio space becomes a place of silent retreat.  This show, then, is our chance to share what we love, to bring our work out of its quiet place, to have the work enter the public dialogue of the school.  Foster Gallery, for this month, is Pratt 108.

David Roane: ...Since memory serves a narrative function for me, I believe I can claim my story mainly through the process of claiming my memories.  This speaks of my insistence on the power of my own personal material—my own thorough sense of local life, literally from its conception—to effect elements of place, voice, etc...

 

Lisa Jacobson: ...In the past I had started with an idea and the materials and forms followed.  This time, the earthy material - soft to the touch and tough in its wear, comfortable to play with, and wonderfully, intimately connected with nature - led the way.  After an affair with its rainbow-dyed colors, I became smitten with the natural wool of Pioneer Valley sheep... 


John Hirsch: ...Like the work that happens in the forest, these photographs seek to find a balance between description and intervention.  Ranging from pure document to a more lyrical approach, these photographs embrace the descriptive power of details present, while acknowledging the ineffable quality of time on place....