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Lineations is the latest visual poetry from Sandi Haber Fifield, who has ventured from lyrically connected photographic panels and dream-like videos in her series After the Threshold to contemplative photographic pairings with poet David Gorin in the lovely handmade portfolio But That One Let Go to this current union of imagery with delicate line drawings. Variations on a theme, each foray is absorbing enough to suspend daily life in favor of being present for Fifield’s meditative invocations of awe. Both Lineations and But That One Let Go are on view at Ars Libri, the Robert Klein Gallery satellite in Boston’s SoWa arts district through August 23rd, 2017.
In Lineations, Gorin’s lines of poetry have morphed into Fifield’s penciled lines – sinuous, meandering, and perhaps even more suggestive of life’s serendipitous possibilities. Fifield makes her fine, ethereal line drawings on translucent vellum, extending, layering and juxtaposing her emblematic imagery of deliberately altered and eclipsed glimpses of nature. Her mixed media creations are a delicate balance of focused specificity and fluid emotion.
Fifield’s work has always been metaphorical, long on intimations that she enjoins us to free-associate. Her materials and methods evoke fragility and transience, with thread-like tendrils emanating from images of tangled branches, color-shifted flowers and unfocused sunbursts. In pieces both intimate and airy, Fifield draws storylines like lifelines – circuitous, tenuous, marked by detours and colorful bursts of activity – reflections of our unpredictable existence. Lineations are inquisitive journeys of a marveling imagination, filled with longing and hope.
For more information about this exhibit, go to: https://www.robertkleingallery.com/
Feature Image: “Untitled (LF16_144, from the series Lineations, 2016” (Detail) by Sandi Haber Fifield (courtesy of the artist and Robert Klein Gallery, Boston).