The Crater Project: Your Presence Makes My Heart Grow Stronger

Art Reception

The Crater Project: Your Presence Makes My Heart Grow Stronger

Works by Elizabeth Addison

Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 , 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Elizabeth Addison
EarthRise at IONS
101 San Antonio Rd
Petaluma CA 94952
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Opening Reception: Sunday, August 11, 4–6 PM
Exhibit: August 11 — November 1, 2013

I have always been fascinated by cataclysmic natural events, and a terrestrial meteorite impact is terrifying in its potential destructiveness. We have a hint of that with the meteorite explosion over Russia’s Ural Mountains in February and there has been a recent cluster of astronomical events that has further raised our awareness.  However, meteorite impacts are also a source of awe and transformation and, most likely, life on this planet.

Likewise, The Crater Project came to life in a flash—literally and figuratively. It sprang from a dream experience about an impact crater that invoked a stunning liminal environment where destruction and creation, absence and presence overlap. 

The Crater Project – a series of monoprints, paintings, sculptures, and multi-media works – examines this life-changing dream and my journey to its actual counterpart in a real-life impact crater. Within The Crater Project, I explore the nexus of art and science and, specifically, how my creative process illuminates science and vice versa. This germinal artistic investigation includes extensive research about terrestrial impact craters as a correlate to my fascination with evidence of the unseen.

I am a visual artist, but I am also a seeker. I am constantly investigating my world and interpreting it for myself. The impact crater dream propelled me into an examination of the scientific and metaphorical possibilities. Coinciding with the death of my father, the Crater also led me on a personal journey—resulting in humbling realizations, scientific explorations, fresh creative visions, and... to its real-life counterpart in the Arizona dessert, the Barringer Crater.

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