A Murder of Crows: Three Artists, Three Objects, Three Images
Written by Sally Baker for the 2012 exhibit at Graton Gallery, Graton, CA
The inspiration for this exhibit came from an exhibit many years ago entitled “Four Artists, four Objects, Ten Years.” The four artists were Sondra Freckelton, Harriet Schorr, Nancy Hagin and Janet Fish. These artists each selected an object that they passed around to one another, each using the collections of the objects to compose a still life. They repeated this process twice over a ten-year period.
Sally Baker (whose mentor for the last thirty years has been Sondra Freckleton) invited her artist friends, Marsha Connell and Micah Schwaberow to create a similar exhibit in a shorter period of time.
Their project began with a trip to Chinatown to find identical objects that they would each use to create a set of three still lifes, independently.
The artists set these criteria:
First, that each artist would create 3 pieces (one large, one medium, and one small).
Second, that each item must be in each piece.
Third, that other objects could be included in the compositions.
Fourth, they agreed not to see each other’s work until completion.
A surprisingly challenging part of the project was in the selection of the objects, as Sally, Marsha, and Micah use such different mediums and styles, and they kept finding unique objects that didn’t come in threes! After several shopping trips, excursions, various discussions, lunches and dinners, and lots of laughter, they finally agreed on a pair of crows, a ceramic pot (with or without flowers) and a swath of tapestry fabric.
They hope you enjoy the results in “A Murder of Crows.”
You can view the whole exhibit in this catalog, online or in book form. http://www.blurb.com/books/3764490-a-murder-of-crows