Ok. I know. I know I’m supposed to be sedate. Subdued. Understated. But… I can’t express enough adulation about this show to begin to fall into the “erudite, subtle art critic” label. Because it’s incredible! Excellent. Superb. In the true awe-inspiring definition of these artists’ works. I exude extreme fandom!
The 13 female artists comprising this exhibition, “Informing Memory: Process, Place, and Notion,” at Lamont Gallery are all Phillips Exeter Academy alumnae. Many of their works touch upon themes of memory, place and self. In the show, they integrate their artmaking process with statements, images, videos and sketchbooks, which greatly enhances the experience of the viewer.
I’ve written about artists for a couple of decades, and have found that understanding processes, and perhaps more importantly, the artist and his or her life events, adds a rich layer that is substantially more meaningful than simply absorbing the piece.