Porter's work combines her gifts for meticulous design with more celestial matters: gold stars made of metal arrayed against sparkling black backgrounds; a scale model of the 50-star systems closest to Earth complete with tiny LED lights; a laser-etched diagram on wood that shows the relative gravitational pulls of the planets; and a metal plate used for the
Porter created all of the work in the show since last September, when she met and began collaborating with astronomer
"The idea is, I'm learning about these concepts and I'm doing work that incorporates actual data, but it's also kind of inspired by these old artifacts or antique etchings, for example," she said. "It's kind of playing with the concept of the fact that even though we've learned a lot about space, we've learned a whole lot in the last 100 years, but still our knowledge of the overall universe is very limited."
The large back gallery of Casa de
Though Marvan's native region is known for the embroidered designs created by local indigenous women, she never learned how. This show, she said, is an attempt to connect with the traditions of her native community.
"I like some of the designs down there that are more abstract, but most of the designs that women do are already printed," Marvan said. "This was my attempt to create my own shapes, but still have that craft and the line work and those types of stitches."
From afar, the resulting artworks resemble computer printouts of wild architectural designs created with CAD software, like
Marvan said her preconceptions about embroidery have been shattered by the process.
"I'm kind of getting along with the local indigenous women, and they all have this circle and get together and embroider, and I feel kind of left out," she said. "I've learned that it's such amazing work that they do and such a rich way of interacting with each other. I thought it was going to be tedious, but it's actually relaxing."
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