Through painting, sculpture, installation and video, Natessa Amin, S.E. Benezra, Sarah Pater and A.J. Rombach invite guests into their circle, a “coven" empowered by ritual practice, chance meetings, places of convergence, and a celebration of feminine identity. The four have developed personal lexical symbols that reinterpret elements of reality for the willing guest: something on the periphery, a circle on the edge, a tangential reality.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Amin’s work incorporates symbolism and material practices siphoned from a coalescence of family history and African, South Asian, and Pennsylvania Dutch visual culture, mythology, and folklore. Her paintings and other works function as catalogs of experiences, dreams, events, memories, and desires, spiraling outward and reaching through time. The lived experience referenced in Amin’s work embraces an inherent truthfulness at a time when it is often difficult to tell what is real or fake.
Benezra paints what she calls "sensations of vibrating light, endless space, and frozen time." Invisible forces influence the laws, carve the landscape and shape the body. The sense of scale oscillates between the micro and macroscopic. Her ceramics perform an interior function: often literally holding cut flowers, and an exterior one, where a meditative consideration of the flowers and the sculpture as vessel is offered through the glazed imagery.