Chrysler Museum of Art’s Root and Flower exhibition
Adam Flores | Senior Writer
Currently on display through Feb. 18, 2018, the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk is presenting Root and Flower: The Natural World of Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace. The exhibition is a distinctive look at not just an artistic array of glassworks, drawings and works of combined materials, but also the capturing and intricate display of once living elements now frozen in time within glass.
Kirkpatrick and Mace have collaborated for almost 40 years since they first met in 1979 at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, during the early days of the studio glass movement. With an extensive and impressive résumé reflecting a diverse body of work created to date, as artists, they are recognized and respected for their innovative work.
While residing on their farm in Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, Root and Flower is a reflection of Kirkpatrick and Mace’s verdant natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.
The exhibition of Kirkpatrick and Mace’s works reflect their passion and attention to detail in each piece’s presentation. Included in the exhibit is a series of blown vessels combining word with image entitled Alphabet of Flowers (2012) along with an accompanying poem written by Kirkpatrick. Derived from blown glass and crushed glass powder, each of the 26 vessels displayed is accented with a wondrous glass thread drawing of the subject.
Perhaps the highlight of Root and Flower is Linnaea Borealis, Twin Flower (2015), a stunning composite of the subject contained in glass, paint and steel. Similarly displayed subjects are the Campanula (2015), 3 Bloom Tazetta (2015) and Showy Lady’s Slipper (2015).
The collaborative work of Kirkpatrick and Mace is included in collections and museums around the world to include the Corning Museum of Glass, New York; The Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts; Hokkaido Museum, Japan; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
For more information on Root and Flower: The Natural World of Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace, you can call Chrysler Museum of Art visitor services at 757-664-6200 or you may visit their website at chrysler.org.