What it Means to be Alive
Posted October 21, 2021 at 5:46 am by Tim Dustrude
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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