It is all a mystery, beginning when something calls to me – perhaps an object as small and specific as a seed, or as large and formless as two faraway wars. Time passes…….sometimes weeks, sometimes years. But it comes back to me – reduced to an essence or built into a web of connections. The seed, or whatever it was, no longer looks like the seed, but maybe it looks like what it was about the seed that was calling to me. I draw and shape paper trying to capture these glimpses and the emotions that are connected to them. The paper is often just a background to work on. But I may cut into it creating flaps or windows or punctures – as if seeking something vital inside or behind it. On the other hand, weaving paper or building up layers has seemed to me like an attempt at repair – the repetition of small marks, an act of meditation.
About the Artist
Marcy Hermansader was born in 1951 and has lived in Vermont since 1975. She received a BFA in sculpture from the Philadelphia College of Art where she studied with Cynthia Carlson, Ree Morton, and Rafael Ferrer. She has been given one person shows by Williams College Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of Art, and the DeCordova Museum, among others. The artist has also participated in over fifty group exhibitions including “Interfaces: Outsider Art and the Mainstream” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, “The Drawn Page” at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and “Curator’s Choice” at the Bronx Museum. She has been recognized by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Arts Council, and the Vermont Community Foundation. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections. BigTown Gallery in Rochester, and Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia represent her work. The artist has also worked with the Vermont Arts Council to help improve access to the arts for people with disabilities.