Seedling Carrier Both Tomb and Womb, 2019, aluminum, wood, paper clay, epoxy clay, ceramic, paint, Aqua-Resin, wire, 5 x 7 x 3 ft.
Fergus McCaffrey, New York, NY: “In Light of Shade” February 27 - April 19, 2019. Anna Conway, Rachelle Dang, Marcia Hafif, Kathleen Jacobs, Martha Jungwirth, Sally Ross, and Meredyth Sparks.
In Light of Shade brings together a group of seven women who mine and explore the areas of indeterminacy between representation and abstraction, vision and blindness, light and shade.
Rachelle Dang reflects on the domestic and psychological through both a contemporary and historical lens. Her almost all-white sculpture, ‘Seedling Carrier Both Tomb and Womb’ (2019), enveloped by a profusion of flowers and vines, evokes a miniature house, sarcophagus, birdcage or crib, and lays atop a stack of shipping pallets with oversized seedpods strewn within and beneath. Based on an 18th century scientific drawing for a botanical shipping carrier – an elaborate cabinet designed to move small plant saplings from the Southern Pacific (close to the artist’s Hawaiian home) to far reaching shores, the form also alludes to conflicting notions of transformation and confinement, new and old, loss and wonder.