Matthew Petti, Assemblages
Since childhood, I’ve been attracted to scraps.
Age-worn and discarded, they are nevertheless evocative: rusty metal, broken crockery, pieces of wood, glass shards, weirdly sculpted rocks. The bits assembled for this exhibit have been collected over thirty-plus years in and around Ithaca.
I get a little thrill I can’t explain when I discover these things, often literally digging them up. To me there’s something determined in their insistent survival despite age and brokenness. The compositions arrange themselves: artifacts seem to want to play together, mixing shapes, colors, textures, and eras. Ithaca’s beauty and magic provide the spark needed for alchemy. Thanks to Sara Johnson at Significant Elements, Tony Serviente of Serviente Glass. Studios, and Chris and Ginny Gartlein at Raintree Farm, and special thanks to the folks at Sunny Days for welcoming me into their space. All of the assemblages are for sale. Thanks for enjoying!
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