Call & Response
Viviane Rombaldi Seppey
Sunroom Project Space | August 28–October 11, 2010
Common Ground, 2010, plastic bags, acetate, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.
Viviane Rombaldi Seppey's site-specific installation Common Ground seeks to respond to both the Sun Porch's atmospheric natural light and to the seasonal shift of the landscape outside. For this piece, Rombaldi Seppey carefully assembled dozens of transparent, collaged panels, which she then applied to the many panes of the Porch's 11 windows. Made out of plastic bags, the panels employ a vivid autumnal palette of red, orange, purple and green. Rombaldi Seppey has outlined each shape precisely with thin, graphic strips of black plastic. When viewed as a whole, these bold areas of light and color coalesce into an organic, abstract composition that is inspired by the view of the Palisades from Wave Hill.
Rombaldi Seppey often uses ordinary or found objects, such as phone books or maps, to create her work. By using plastic bags to create Common Ground, Rombaldi Seppey allows the viewer a measure of accessibiliity and intimacy with the work through the familarity of the material. At the same time, in transforming the bags into delivate collages, she asks that her audience reconsider the value of these once discarded objects, and how they interact with their environment.
Common Ground (preporatory design), 2010, plastic bags, acetate, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.
Common Ground (exterior view), 2010, plastic bags, acetate, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.
The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.