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Alisha Wessler

Winter Workspace 2015 

Pictured above: Of Calcarious Sinter (object included in installation From Afar It Is an Island), 2013, sodium chloride, resin and cardboard, 20 x 12 x 19 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Alisha Wessler uses the tropes of museum display to frame and present her sculptural work. Evoking the excavation pit, her objects suggest both natural growth processes and laborious hand-building. The eclectic sensibility of Early Modern cabinets of curiosities, which were filled with amulets, talismans and souvenirs, informs her project of reintroducing wonderment into the things large and small that we handle every day. During her time at Wave Hill she will collect plant waste in the hopes of transforming it into additions for her growing collection.   

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Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.