The Estevan Art Gallery & Museum is pleased to present Ruth Langwieser’s "Winter Screen," a site-specific light sculpture made for the 2023 Festival of Lights. Ruth is a ceramicist based in Estevan who often infuses light into her artworks and experiments with/manipulates recycled materials, such as plastic bottles. "Winter Screen" is an abstract installation of interlaced plastic elements to create window screens that interact with interior and exterior lights. Like a screen or snow fencing, the chicken wire keeps some aspects in place, such as the manipulated plastic bottles, while allowing other components to pass through it, such as light. And in that way, it mimics the capturing of materials, such as plastic bottles in a fence line, with the central element almost mimicking a tumbleweed.
Thank you to our funders SaskArts, CityofEstevan SaskCulture and SaskLotteries
Partnering with the Estevan Public Library and Estevan Diversified Services, Ruth and her project participants cut out icicle shaped forms from recycles plastics and altered them with a heat gun. As the project developed and the plastics were strung together, Ruth felt they resembled a feather boa. She begun to consider textiles and their significance in protecting our bodies from winter weather. She also considered this gazebo as a location one might duck into during inclement weather. Feather boas led to thoughts of fur trimmed jackets. The lights used in the installation are meant to mimic the constant changing colours of a Saskatchewan sky line. They are also a nod to the Saskatchewan license plate phrase "land of living skies", complete with an occasional snow storm.
Lucy is an english and french feminine name derived from the latin masculine "Lucius". It means "as of light", or "born at dawn of daylight".
Thanks to you Ruth, all the participants, and to those who donated materials!
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
ESTEVAN ART GALLERY & MUSEUM, ESTEVAN PUBLIC LIBRARY, ESTEVAN DIVERSIFIED SERVICES, CITY OF ESTEVAN, WOODLAWN REGIONAL PARK, SASK LOTTERIES, SASK ARTS.
2022 MANIA PLASTICA