Traces exhibition by Jim Frazer & Sandy Singletary
Jim Frazer is a photographer and mixed media artist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. His artwork is based on tracing the lines and patterns he finds in nature. The forms that emerge, though clearly delineated, are still mysterious, abstracted from the objects they came from. They link us, via imagination, to our unconscious memories, and beyond, to the process of remembering, of looking for connections.
Works from his two series Glyphs and Maps are being shown beginning May 5. The exhibit, titled “Traces”, pairs Frazer’s work with an installation by South Carolina artist Sandy Singletary, who uses a combination of porcelain, paper, and wood to create large-scale objects, based on natural forms, which contrast inner strength and outer fragility to engender an emotional response.
Glyphs are calligraphic forms drawn from the paths left by bark beetles on the trunks of trees, Resembling characters from an unknown language, their purpose is to speak of the idea of communication coming from the natural world to us. Maps are derived from the patterns formed by the cracks in mud as it dries after a rainstorm in the desert. The connotation of maps is of documents meant to direct us, to show us the way to some goal or destination. These maps are meant to prod our minds to begin a process of contemplation and imagination which can spark memories from nature to guide us.
Frazer says of his work,
“Part of what artists do is to call attention to things that have been overlooked, and do so in a way that causes people to start noticing on their own.”
So, he would like to encourage people looking at his work to notice small things they see around them and investigate how they relate to the larger world. The work suggests the idea that if we notice our surroundings - our environment - it will speak to us and tell us important things.