Say Loss, Say Bounty
Gabriella Grill, Abigail Lucien, and Padma Rajendran
OPENING: July 7, 7-10pm
High Tide is pleased to present works by Gabriella Grill, Abigail Lucien, and Padma Rajendran in Say Loss, Say Bounty. The artists activate specific space through material and temporal transformations, ushering their viewers into a new terrain. Grill, Lucien and Rajendran explore histories both collective and personal, where fabric, totems and techniques are subverted and repurposed, allowing the viewer to rethink their own connections to the material of the everyday.
Grill’s curtain-like structures, composed of cultivated material remnants, hinge on the point of deterioration. Her cairn sculptures function as surrogate landmarks, precariously stacked and pointing viewers to an unknown destination.
Lucien’s installations recall the familiar tension of a haven for the spaces found in domestic cityscapes: residential vs. commercial, outside vs. inside. Her intimate shelters allow the viewer to reflect on authenticity and isolated experience, colonialism and consumerism.
Rajendran’s works addresses the historical failure to acknowledge women’s work, and the physical deterioration of woman-made objects and spaces: textiles, food, and domestic interiors. In her sculptural textile pieces Rajendran draws on and examines these themes, thereby memorializing women’s labor.
Collectively, the artists commemorate and question the impermanence and malleability of identity, especially for women, and especially for female makers. They invite their viewers to embark on a celebratory process of exploration and escape within the third terrain.
Gabriella Grill is a multidisciplinary artist, working primarily in fibers, silicone casting, and sculpture. Grill grew up in Columbia, MD. She studied Printmaking at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, MD, and received her BFA 2015. Using lights, remnant fabrics, and discarded clothing and jewelry, Grill assembles samples of her past. Troubled by leaving memories behind, she creates spectacles to contend with the degeneration of personal objects as they become obsolete with the passage of time. Grill’s work fossilizes material and objects of her past, in a rebellion to let go.
Abigail Lucien is an interdisciplinary artist raised in Florida and Cap-Haitian, Haiti. She holds a BFA from Florida State University and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her work has exhibited at museums and institutions such as MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York, Atlanta Contemporary in Atlanta, GA., Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, FL, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL, and The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA. Lucien is currently based in Richmond, VA where she teaches in the Sculpture + Extended Media department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Padma Rajendran was born in Klang, Malaysia. She received her BA from Bryn Mawr College and received her MFA in Printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design. She currently lives and works in Catskill, NY and teaches printmaking at Purchase College. She has exhibited at the International Print Center New York, Whitespace Gallery (Atlanta), Ortega y Gasset Projects (Brooklyn), Index (Los Angeles), and most recently Crystal Flowers (New York).
High Tide is an artist-run gallery and project space located in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Through formal exhibitions, performances, workshops and experimental programming, High Tide seeks to maintain a critical dialogue between artists and our local and global communities.
Say Loss, Say Bounty