Contagion

by nicolebanowetz

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Installation at the Museum of Outdoor Arts,

Englewood CO.

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Contagion is swelling, growing, filling, inflating, and spilling through the gallery.  The work literally expands with air- threatening to burst.  The forms are based on microscopic bacteria and viruses.   These forms are beautiful and complex yet menacing as they replicate and invade the gallery, trying to escape through the windows.  All at once they are playful and frightening, decorative and destructive, delicate and diseased.   The energy of the sculpture grows along the walls, struggling to escape but ending abruptly at the glass window, hitting it, and sliding to the ground.  This violent movement contrasts the stillness in the center of the gallery, where two forms sit quiet and separate from the rest.  These forms are infected.  Growths burst upward from the dead forms in a silent cycle of collapse and growth.

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