The Mote and the Beam

Main Library
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The Mote and the Beam
Installation by Stephanie Leitch
Reception: Sat, May 3, 4–5pm
Artist's Talk: Sat, May 3, 3:30–4pm

Using hundreds of threads of bone-white yarn, I am connecting the planes of the walls and articulating the negative space between them. I am exploring mass and emptiness, the occupation of space and yet invisibility. The word 'mote' translates from the Greek word for speck, or particle of dust, and in filling the space with white fiber, I am emulating dust in suspended accumulation. The fibrous edges of the tensioned lines of yarn visually blur the space around them, creating a hyperreal effect of the camera eye. It is a low-tech simulation of the effect of the advances in visual media on the way we now see with the naked eye. How we interpret what we see is constantly adjusting to the output of our technology. The act upon the perception and physical experience of the viewer are mirrored in the form of the installation—the eye as a penetrated void. While I’m not referring to the biblical implications of the parable of the mote and the beam directly, I am exploiting the words for their evocative imagery as well as appealing to its gesture of relative perception.

Stephanie Leitch is a sculptor and installation artist whose work engages site, systems and architecture. She received her BFA with an emphasis in Intermedia Sculpture from the University of Utah and currently lives and works in Salt Lake City. She has exhibited throughout the West, and has also curated exhibitions for nontraditional venues.

Location: Main Library, Gallery at Library Square

Contact Information: 801-524-8200