June 21, 2021 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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August 05, 2019


Closing August 25, 2019

Afton Love is known for work that explores landscape and human relationship to time and scale. Her immersive installation-sized drawings and exploratory sculpture reference the body in environment. Like imprints of the landscape around us, these meticulously crafted drawings reveal multiple impressions. The scale of these works invites the viewer to stand back, taking in the overall image, that of the hard, metallic surface of New Mexico stone. However, at a closer examination of these works, the hand of the artist leaves a soft burnishing of the surface. These materials - beeswax, powdered graphite on vellum - encapsulate a familiar resonance of the high desert landscape around us, yet reveal a level of comfort and scale that is familial.

Artist’s statement:
The work I make aims to call attention to our human condition in connection with the natural world. My influence comes from time spent in the vast landscapes of the American West, where a history of creation and attrition is so beautifully revealed. My drawings, often very large in scale, are made by applying powdered graphite to vellum and then dipping each sheet in beeswax. The wax and the graphite fuse exquisitely; creating a surface that is transparent and layered, delicate and durable, with subtle shades of tonality. These depictions of erosional landscapes invite the viewer to step in, consider themselves in relation to a formation, and recognize that all around us, and within us, life is in flux. 

Artist’s Biography:

Love earned her BFA at the California College of the Arts in 2012, and has participated in residencies at several institutions including the Vermont Studio with a Pollock-Krasner grant, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and most recently received the 2018-2019 0052oswell Artist in Residence grant. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.