Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

There is a massive artistic appeal in the natural form of the world. It provides a foil to the static and basic forms of geometry that are used in art and sculptures. The Fosdick- Nelson Gallery at Alfred University had been a host to Kelsey Zwarka’s Wave to the Trees. While the natural world has more detail to geometrical and streamlined pieces, they are still made up of similar components, the natural objects are just made up of more. There is a mathematical field known as fractals, which is a geometrical figure that implements the same change to each segment. Many objects in nature can be graphically and structurally made using these figures such as trees, snowflakes, mountainsides, coastlines, or even lava flows for organic and geological shapes. The top left image displayed takes use of these organic figures in order to make the bark of a tree almost scale like. The blend of textured and non-textured segments of the structure add a brilliant contrast that can be interpreted in many different ways. It appears like a plant that can be grown underwater, and the scale like pattern only adds to that. The hollowed out inner portions can also be seen like a container to hold an object, possibly a coffin. The flowers at the top can add to that and appear like life appearing from death, the art of reincarnation. However, the tree aspects do not just include the structure of Zwarka’s scultpures. With the top right image, it features a simple picture of three jellyfish. One may ask how a gallery of trees would be able to include a photo of jellyfish in the corner, but it may have to do with the name of a jellyfish group. When together, a large amount of jellyfish can have several different names, which include colonies, blooms and even forests. The inclusion of this image in the collection is an interesting play on words due to groups of trees and jellyfish are both called forests.

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