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Blind Spots: Handmade Paper Collage by Lucy Holtsnider (Opening Reception)

  • 4 South Clinton Street Poughkeepsie United States (map)

Blind Spots features a collection of vibrant, abstract collages made from handmade paper and recycled fabric. Saturated, overlapping layers glow with fervent intensity, referencing the textures and hues of a warming planet. The enigmatic components of each collage simultaneously evoke both precious materials and forgotten detritus, conjuring associations with sense of place, topographic maps, and climate change.

Show dates: September 6 - 25, 2019

Opening, September 6, 6 - 9pm
Artist Talk, Sunday, September 8, 3 - 4pm
Collage Workshop, Sunday, September 15, 1 - 4pm

Location:, 4 South Clinton St. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

This show is the first solo exhibition on the East Coast by artist Lucy Holtsnider. The collection of new work featured in Blind Spots is composed of handmade paper created during a 2018 residency at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale. During the six-week residency, Lucy made hundreds of irregularly shaped pieces of brightly colored paper from cotton and other plant fibers. These were then printed by hand using a large roller to create fades of color. She then arranged the paper components into collages over a period of several months. Fabric from Poughkeepsie thrift stores also found its way into some of the collages, often featuring a floral print that has been darkened or altered in reference to environmental damage.

Lucy creates her work both at Fall Kill Print Works at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory and in her studio at home. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University and at Marist College. Her previous work includes Climate Odyssey, an artist book edition and interactive map chronicling a year-long sailing expedition and art/science collaboration undertaken with her partner, Marist professor Zion Klos. This project explored climate change impacts and adaptation strategies along the east coast of the US, including the Hudson Valley.