Fishing industry inspires sculptor in her museum solo exhibition
September 25, 2006
Wendy Croskrey Solo Exhibition
On view Oct. 8 through Nov. 5
Longtime University of Alaska Fairbanks sculpture professor Wendy Croskrey recently returned from a year's sabbatical in Tasmania. Her new sculptures combine some of the most important technical and artistic elements that have been seen separately in her work in the past two decades -- large, three-dimensional cast bronze and aluminum forms and surfaces embellished with her trademark pools of poured resin colors, suggesting enigmatic narratives. She works with a variety of materials, including aluminum, stainless steel, glass, copper, wood and found objects.
In her first solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum, Croskrey explores her interest in Alaska's fishing industry. The separate sculptures work together to form a conversation that ruminates upon various aspects of the natural world, rocks, shells, pooled water, floating forms and reflective surfaces. Her motivation is to show how metal is put to use as a material that is inviting and captivating to describe fishing as a process of enticement. Fishing in Alaska, as an industry with fascinating tools and as a metaphor for lures and enticement, provides a framework for the sculptural conversation.
"Found objects appeal to me because of their inherent contextual references to social and historical value or non-value as the case may be," she notes in her artist's statement. "My work changes the meanings of everyday objects, reevaluating or negating expected functions in order to intensify or change viewers' perceptions of these objects."
Croskrey has undertaken many major art commissions, including a mobile at the Bassett Army Hospital and a commission for the downtown Fairbanks Court House. She won first place in the International Multi-block Ice Carving Competition in 2002 and also has recently exhibited in the Babuina Art Auction in Rome. For more information, call 343-6151.