Naomi Scheck: Hewn, Jeffco Alumni Exhibition

Opening Reception
Friday April 7, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public

The Arvada Center welcomes back Naomi Scheck, who began her artistic career in the Arvada Center’s annual Jefferson County High School Art Exhibition while attending Arvada High School from 1998-2002 with Linda Scholes, featured in the Jeffco Teacher Solo Exhibition, as an art teacher. Naomi went on to receive her BFA from the University of Denver and her MFA from Colorado State University. Now a talented professional artist, she returns to exhibit with a massive solo exhibition of her manipulated and cut paper compositions.

Scheck’s Artist Statement

Decay is as much a part of the natural world as growth. Though all existence sits, uncomfortably, within this struggle, we often shield ourselves from destructive forces outside our control. We manufacture for ourselves the built world, our chosen environment rich with straight lines and smooth surfaces. We embrace the illusion that we can resist the powers of nature, time, and decay. On the occasions that we recognize our susceptibility to these forces, the enormity of this realization can leave us with a sense of unease and powerlessness, along with a feeling of wonder and astonishment.

With these works, I aim to bring about a remembrance of the struggle of being in and of this world by presenting depictions of propagating and deteriorating forms. My meticulous and repeated use of cutting, puncturing, etching, and gouging, along with added areas of stains and protruding formations, serve to both degrade the paper or board while concurrently transforming it. Once rigid, smooth, and sterile, the surfaces are irrevocably disturbed until they give way, becoming supple, dimensional, and organic. As maker, I become the impetus for both the struggle and the energetic growth in my own unearthed expanses. Rich with details and open spaces, these unearthed expanses draw the viewer away from our built world and clear a space to contemplate the paradoxical wonder and discomfort of being in and of this world.