Coastliners: Leah Dyjak
Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 7-10 pm
Exhibition: April 29 - May 14, 2016
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Wednesdays 12-5pm or by appointment
Conceivably, the coastline delineates where the understood meets the unfathomable. It acts as a boundary, the line between where we walk and where we float. Standing at the edge is a way to physically meet our point of origin– geologically, biologically and metaphysically. It is the terra incognito of the modern world. The line of the coast as we know it changes with every crash of a wave, so quickly our state becomes obsolete instantaneously. Water changes state, weather changes everything.
This work is an attempt to chart the unknown. By reducing the images to barely visible lines, Dyjak creates maps of the matter we cannot see, that which we cannot fathom. To make these drawings she uses some of the most basic materials– sand, salt and line. The sand has been broken down by her hand, then worn by the salt air. These works become a vestige of intimate objects, once whole, now unfamiliar, and difficult to see. They are the objects lining the coast. These edges are fluid, mutable, and disappearing. These images attempt to measure wear, the weather, and how our perception changes with the landscape, as inevitably as the shifting tides.