The Safe Room at Texas Theatre presents Iris Bechtol: "Carry" opening reception
Iris Bechtol is a multi-media artist whose work utilizes a variety of processes including drawing, photography, and video. More recently she has been working with clay as sculpture material. Her work is an exploration of the world as a living field - something ongoing, unfolding, acting. Drawing on her examination of the phenomenological or “lived experience,” Bechtol examines how its reflection through image, object, and place creates a narrative.
Currently working in small sculpture and works on paper, Bechtol is exploring the relationships between body and environment through abstracted forms. The objects in "Carry" are a reflection of the body as a field of experience, one that is as much psychological as it is physical. The objects reference weight and tension, and the discomfort they manifest in the body. The materials, paper, and clay are modest, and their inherent nature implies heaviness and an act of pulling. Ultimately, the process and resulting work for "Carry" is a way to release and unload the many burdens that might plague oneself.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through April 8.