2018 MARCH EXHIBIT
The human hand is powerful and dichotomous, at once healing and harming, mending and maiming, creating and destroying. Of this spectrum, Hillary Waters says, “Our current position frightens me, and I feel that our connection to the very thing that sustains us is dissolving. We can do better, and my confidence in our ability to nurture the seeds of a more compassionate and thoughtful future impels me to make this work.” Her effortful, meticulous composition seeks to salvage and revive the human connection to the natural world. Informed by the study of handicraft, Waters combines the structure of tradition with the organic format of the botanical, symbolically binding the natural world and the human touch. Both tender and ruthless, this intricate and sensitive work implies that our relationship to nature is both tenuously fragile and infinitely complex.