Exhibit: 'Cat's Cradle' by Jeanette Cole
February 26—March 27, 2017, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
February 26—March 27, 2017, Sundays 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
This event does NOT occur on:
March 12—March 19
UMass Amherst Campus
Artist Statement: The works on paper in this exhibition represent my desire and hope for a place called “home.” Based on imagery from a robe made in West Africa made by strip weaving and given to my father by his co-workers upon his departure after 15 years of missionary and literacy work, and inherited by me on his passing, I traced the seams holding the fabric strips together and used that to form the structure of these paintings. I discovered, embedded in them, a “Jacob’s ladder.” In the Old Testament Jacob laid his head on a stone and dreamt he saw angels climbing up and down, and he was promised that the land beneath him would be his home. The desire to belong to somewhere, to a place, motivates this work.
The title, "Cat's Cradle," is given to all my painting accomplished over the three years 2011-2013. It comes from the child’s game in which two people work with a string loop to form elaborate, intricate patterns, and which frequently, through missteps become hopelessly tangled and the game starts over.