ROXANA ALGER GEFFEN: THE BINDING TIES
Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery
Arlington Arts Center
APRIL 13 - JUNE 2, 2019
In The Binding Ties, Roxana Alger Geffen presents sculptures created in part with objects and materials drawn from her family, ordinary things found in her own attic or her grandmother’s junk drawer. Combining materials from different times and places, which were originally intended for a range of practical uses, the artist binds together disparate moments, influences, and intentions. The works reflect the impossibility of forming a single, coherent image of the past, when faced with layers of interpretation, the complexity of individual stories, and our own pre-existing perspectives. Although it may be incomplete, this understanding of the past acts as a foundation for our understanding of the present and, consequently, our understanding of ourselves. Geffen’s approach to materials acts as a physical manifestation of the ways we make and remake ourselves, cobbling together the past and present, idealism and ignorance, pride and shame.