Sunday, June 11, 2023

Bean Dreams

 Clare Murry Adams' mixed media sculpture currently climbs a wall in the Riffe Gallery in downtown Columbus Ohio. An avid gardener as well as an artist, this artwork is an homage to the dependability of beans and a musing on their inner life. Look closely within each bean pod, created from coffee filters and tea bags dipped in encaustic medium. I love the "treasure hunt" aspect of this. Viewers discover fragments of old letters, bits of wire or thread, hand stitches, machine stitches, postage stamps or tiny drawings. Beans, like people, are unique. There is much to learn and enjoy from both.