If I can't see you from here: Sammi McLean and Ingrid Schindall
Friday, January 18 - Friday, February 22, 2019
“It is the distance between us and the object of desire that fills the space between with the blue of longing” – Rebecca Solnit
Sammi McLean seeks out a particular sense of longing that seems impossible to satiate, bringing that which feels absent to the surface through the act of creating. In some ways, her work functions as the only physical tie that she has to significant people, places, or things that have gone. While the subject matter has transformed over time, the need to expose that yearning and resurrect what’s been lost remains.
She explores her grief with blueprints as she attempts to process, organize and make connections with her father since his passing by preserving the ephemeral objects they both carried in their wallets at the time of his death. She treats receipts, returned letters and saved business cards like vessels, bearing the weight of the lived experiences with her father in his final months.
Assuming there is some hidden pattern or code to unmask in our experiences, this work makes connections to either forge a path to a piece that is missing, or create some semblance of intimacy again by working with familial objects and imagery. McLean received her MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in printmaking from Florida Atlantic University and her BFA from the University of South Florida, Tampa.
Ingrid Schindall has a methodical, yet free and experimental studio practice. In this two-person exhibition, viewers are engaged to reflect on their own memories of objects and longing for the slow passage of time. Schindall’s work serves as meditations on surface and depth, finding the unexpected familiar, longing to see natural beauty in objects. She uses the ocean as a metaphor for the beginning, the hidden place where sincerity lies, utopia, a place to hide, “sea-escapism,” the thing that holds all the answers.
Schindall is the founder of IS Projects, a public-access printmaking and book arts studio located in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to a fine art gallery, her studio houses letterpress, fine art printmaking and book arts equipment. She offers workshops, hourly studio rental, internships, book-binding services, edition printing and commercial printing. She received her BFA in Printmaking with a Concentration in Book Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Baltimore, MD.