‘Elegy’ By Wendi Smith

Rituals are important to Wendi Smith, but not the ones that immediately come to mind. Her focus is on nature. “I borrow from the reliquaries of prophets and saints to make sacred the tombs of turtles and birds,” she said. Smith does this by placing found objects, such as animal bones or butterfly wings, into wood boxes. Then she paints what’s inside the box on the outside, in “an attempt to tap into the ceremonies and objects that are prayerful, hopeful and evocative of unseen power.” This is Smith’s second solo show at garner narrative. It had been scheduled for last year but had to be postponed due to the pandemic.

Through Oct. 10

garner narrative contemporary fine art
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