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Terry Maker - "Living and Breathing"

“Living and Breathing”

There is a practice in the scuba diving world known as “buddy breathing,” in which a person who no longer has access to his or her own oxygen supply shares the oxygen supply of a fellow diver. 

Buddy breathing is only required when something has gone terribly wrong. 

I think it’s fair to say, in these tumultuous times, that something has gone terribly wrong. 

Whether it’s the sort of racial tragedies and injustices encapsulated by the cry, “I can’t breathe.”  Or the pace of the modern world and consumerist society that keeps us feeling like we can’t catch our breath.  Or the claustrophobia of being stuck in our houses, trying to lead our lives under conditions we’ve never faced before.  Or the fight for clean air, which happens both politically and in our very bodies, as the alveoli in our lungs have to eat through more and more debris in order to do their jobs.  Or the hospital wards full of people fighting against the lung damage wrought by Covid.  Or whether it’s simply the awareness of the space between ourselves and those around us, experienced in terms of both physical distancing and an anxiety-producing, seemingly unbridgeable socio-political divide.

In all these cases, our ability to breath through it all is at the very center of the discussion.

My playfully interpretive sculpture duo, entitled ‘Living and Breathing,’ is constructed of bulbous shapes dripping with an almost biological-looking green resin.  It is pierced with holes from which an alarming, caution-colored florescent orange is being emitted, or, perhaps, is oozing, or, perhaps, is glowing with vision.

And from deep within, there is breath. 

Is the piece symbolic of pulmonary processes?  Or is it a metaphorical creature?  Either way, for this creation, breathing is a shared experience--a rather tense, yet meditative, duet shared between the two sculptures.  And as the more dominant piece falls in and out of rhythm with the smaller, presumably more vulnerable one, the viewer is left wondering:  What if one or the other falls out of breath altogether?

By engendering these questions, and by sharing the space of breath with its audience, it is also an experience shared with you.  I hope you are feeling drawn in by that breath—drawn in for a closer encounter.  What will you find?  What kind of creature is this?  What kind of creature are you? 

Art of the State 2022: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado
  1. alpert+kahn - "the capacity of illumination"
  2. Judy Anderson - "The Sound of Trees"
  3. Julie Anderson - "Refugee"
  4. Finn Baker - "Where Stories Repeat Themselves"
  5. Tree Bernstein - "Once in a Blue Moon"
  6. Tonia Bonnell - "Unfolding (Blue)"
  7. Scottie Burgess - "Loaded Logo"
  8. Michael Campbell - "Wild Earth"
  9. Al Canner - "Octopod"
  10. Taiko Chandler - "Shades of Grey #1"
  11. Joelle Cicak - "Our Ladon"
  12. Neil Corman - "Balconies"
  13. William Day - "TOGETHERNESS"
  14. Terry Decker - "GARDEN OF THE GODS"
  15. Chris DeKnikker - "Reunion"
  16. Irene Delka McCray - "All This Time"
  17. Chapin Dimond - "Gold Mountain Ring (CDr310-ss/18kry)" and "CDr511-MG-18krySleeve"
  18. Thinh Dinh - "Yellow Clouds & Green Skies V.1"
  19. James Dixon - "Phone"
  20. Nathan Dominik - "Growing"
  21. Nancy Eastman - "Desert Storm"
  22. Melissa Furness - "Every cloud has a silver lining"
  23. Gayle Gerson - "Golden Hour"
  24. Jody Guralnick - "hydnum imbricatum"
  25. Jane Guthridge - "Dancing Color 16"
  26. Wendi Harford - "Melon Drop"
  27. Karen Haynes - "Drifting In and Out"
  28. Deborah Jang - "We're not in Kansas anymore"
  29. Marston A. Jaquis - "Hints & Allegations"
  30. Erick Johnson - "Snowflake Feather"
  31. Junomatico (Kristina Davies and Charlo Garcia Walterbach) - "Soul Play"
  32. Susan Kane - "Fruita Grain Elevator"
  33. Margaret Kasahara - "Notation 33-20" and "Notation 12-21" and "Notation 22-21"
  34. Gayla Lemke - "Oh Monday, Monday, how could you leave….?"
  35. Nancy Lovendahl - "Culture 1.0"
  36. Mark Lunning - "Yes, the World is round"
  37. James Makely - "Cuff 13"
  38. Terry Maker - "Living and Breathing"
  39. Raj Manickam - "Juniper's Last Gasp"
  40. Joseph Manuel - "3 Angles"
  41. Betsy Margolius - "Riverfront II"
  42. Tom Mazzullo - "Two-part Invention No. 18"
  43. Sarah McCormick - "withinland"
  44. Chuck McCoy - "Form One Configured"
  45. Amy Metier - "By The Waters"
  46. Grace Morris - "Sobering Effects"
  47. Meredith Nemirov - "RIVERS FEED THE TREES #463"
  48. Al Orahood - "Limon 3"
  49. Tony Ortega - "La Troca Roja"
  50. Roger Reutimann - "CYBER DROPPINGS"
  51. Eileen Roscina - "Iris"
  52. Craig Rouse - "A Monday Afternoon"
  53. Gregory Santos - "Oopsie"
  54. Heather Schulte - "The Impetus of US" and "Control-Alt-Delete"
  55. Evan Siegel - "Westy"
  56. Brady Smith - "Structures for Coping no. 13"
  57. Robert Smith - "Bulbous saggar vase"
  58. Sharon Strasburg - "Granite Altar 2"
  59. Autumn T. Thomas - "Eccentricity"
  60. Lucas Thomas - "Debris"
  61. Floyd Tunson - "Worker Bee"
  62. David van Buskirk - "Samadhi"
  63. Becky Wareing Steele - "Portal from the series Models for Future Altars"
  64. Christopher Warren - "Plowshares: Altered Colorado"
  65. Pamela Webb - "Grounding Twig Set - Necklace and Earrings"
  66. Mami Yamamoto - "Life With Countless Optimism"