Join us Friday Oct 12th as we welcome Rebecca Reeves and Danielle Schluneggar- Warner to the Convent Philly. They will be displaying their intricate assemblies, cocoons and sculptured ghost ships.
A sculpture show like no other!! Must be seen in person.
East Coast artist, Rebecca Reeves and West Coast artist, Danielle Schluneggar- Warner are drawn to the symbolic nature of the ship. Together, the artists created resin ships in an initial collaborative process before diverging into their own conceptual themes for this exhibition. Sculptures, dioramas, and vintage images are transformed into vessels that navigate through loss and anxiety where all the while, they are “Slipping Below”.
Reeves’s work draws upon the Victorian era with a focus on mourning symbolism, spiritualism and superstitions. Her “cocooning” technique encapsulates her grief and the suffocation of loss, due to the death of her father. Beaded flowers resemble Victorian mourning jewelry, hair wreaths, and embellished garments. The “Ghost Ship” sculptures and antique nautical photographs are a tribute to her father’s service in the Navy and the miniatures represent her family heirlooms traveling through time and the beyond. Reeves attempts to keep their memories and stories alive in order to control the decay of her family. In a sea of grief, they will find their way.
Danielle’s work is strongly influenced by 19th century natural history practices and travel photography. Her work explores what it looks like when our constructed human world overlaps with the natural world and looks at ways we try to categorize, collect and contain untamable forces. Her new resin sculpture series “Progress and Loss” uses ships as a double-edged symbol of human progress at the intersection of conquest and conservation. The water flooding this work becomes evocative of the heightening anxieties and feelings of desperation around climate change as both human and natural environments are lost.