What it Means to be Alive

Posted October 21, 2021 at 5:46 am by

Bassist by Francie Allen

The Atri­um of The San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art (SJIMA)  has come alive with the fig­u­ra­tive wire sculp­tures of Belling­ham artist, Fran­cie Allen.  The exhib­it, titled, On Being Alive!, invites the view­er to vis­cer­al­ly engage in the dynam­ic move­ment of flu­id, trans­par­ent bod­ies, sus­pend­ed in air or draped on met­al arma­tures, enhanced by orig­i­nal music from award-win­ning sound design­er, Nick Tipp.

The works fea­tured in this exhib­it are sculpt­ed of wire and lacey met­al net­ting, to high­light the dynam­ic move­ment of the human form.  Allen attrib­ut­es the inspi­ra­tion for these pieces to her many years as both a dancer and a sculptor.

The exhib­it is com­ple­ment­ed by a short video by the artist, avail­able to view in the museum’s Atri­um.  The video takes the view­er behind the scenes and explains Allen’s rela­tion­ship with dance and move­ment as it per­tains to time spent car­ing for her hus­band, who recent­ly passed away after a long bat­tle with Alzheimer’s Dis­ease.  She likens his move­ments and her car­ing for him dur­ing this time to a flu­id, lov­ing dance.

As an added attrac­tion, SJIMA will present a live per­for­mance and dis­cus­sion by the artist in the Atri­um, Novem­ber 6 from 4:30 to 5:45 pm.  Doors will open at 4:00 on a pay as you can basis to attend.  Masks and proof of vac­ci­na­tion are required.

Fran­cie Allen’s On Being Alive! show is part of the cur­rent Go Fig­ure! exhib­it at SJIMA, on dis­play until Decem­ber 6, 2021.  Muse­um hours are Fri­day-Mon­day, 11–5.  Admis­sion is $10 for non-SJI­MA mem­bers.  SJIMA mem­bers and those 18 and under are admit­ted free of charge.

On Being Alive! is spon­sored by The Hon­ey­well Char­i­ta­ble Fund, Nation­al Endow­ment for the Arts, Wash­ing­ton State Art Com­mis­sion, Har­bor Rentals, Browne’s Home Cen­ter, Orcas Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion and the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion go to www.sjima.org

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