Generations: Susan Gordon Hiller, Tara Gordon, Kestrel Osman
“In these turbulent, sometimes chaotic times, I am reminded of the importance of family-stability, supportive, connection and continuity. Birth and rebirth, generation after generation…
What a gift I was given to witness and be a part of 3 generations of creative spirits!”
-Susan Gordon Hillier
Susan Gordon Hillier graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.F.A. degree in design. Working primarily in pastels, she captures the scenery of the Hill towns of Ashfield and beyond. Her quiet, reflective nature is expressed in the soft light of the pastel medium as she translates her vision of the landscape. A plein air painter, she works on site capturing the light and mood of the day with subtle shading and colors. “It’s that quiet realm of solitude that I feel in harmony with my surroundings.”
Symmagery Design: A symbiosis between imagery and intimacy in nature
Creating bisymmetrical patterns from the intimate details she captures with her close up nature photography, artist Tara Gordon sees her Symmagery Designs as a lens of alignment for patterning our lives closer to nature.
This Maple Tree collection is an ode to the family tree, of life cycles, life stages, the parts of the plant that sustain life (roots, leaves, flowers, seeds, bark) and of generational continuity.
Kestrel Osman is a sculptor from southern Vermont, in her final year at Bennington college, studying visual arts. Her main mediums are clay and steel. “I allow the material to take on a life of its own, letting it build upon itself until a conclusion is made.” While spending most of her life outdoors, she has been inspired by organic formation in hopes to strengthen the connections humans have with nature. Each piece is intended to have functional aspects including habitats for small creatures as well as being aesthetically pleasing in a garden-scape
“Art is in my DNA. Growing up with one grandmother who is a painter, another who is a sculptor, a photographer for a mother, and a stone fabricator for a father, it was inevitable that I would become some kind of an artist. Most of my childhood was spent playing among trees and exploring the woods with my family. Each of them has taught me different things about my surroundings and ways to capture nature’s beauty. This sculpture comments on how trees hold memories within their scars, and in the ecosystem it holds. Please look closely, get on the ground if you have to, and look up or down into the nooks and crannies of the three tree generations. You will find little glimpses of memories I have with my grandmother and mother.”
– Kestrel Osman