On the occasion of Sabra Field’s 60th Middlebury reunion, this retrospective exhibition explores the depth and diversity of her six decades as a printmaker.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.
Whether or not you go, In Sight explores the enchanting creative process whereby the one hundred or so Field prints, crafted between 1990 and 2002, came into being. The exceptional new prints, all previously unpublished, are exquisitely reproduced, one per page, in a celebration of an artist at the height of her creative powers. A short commentary by the artist on her inspiration for the image faces each of her own works. Embedded in the text are fine color reproductions of the “collateral images” that set Field’s creative process on fire for each plate—works of art that moved and inspired Field, her preliminary sketches, historic photographs, scientific diagrams, even “old favorite” Field prints. Also included are excerpts from her personal journals along with an astonishing array of private readings.
Field has recognized astonishing correspondences between art and mathematics, science, photography, and technology. Through her highly skilled printmaking she strives to create a perfect visual image to clarify her, and hence our, experience of a chaotic and yet breathtakingly beautiful universe. In Sight invites readers to share in Field’s encyclopedic knowledge of art history, to accompany her on her world travels, to steal a look into her quiet reflections, to participate in her personal and societal joys and struggles, and, ultimately, to witness and admire the passionate connections among them all. A must for printmakers, students, collectors, and aficionados of art in every media.