A Study in Symmetry, a two-person exhibition by Rachel Fischer and Ashley Whitt, explores familiar experiences through pattern and repetition. For Whitt and Fischer, these repetitions search for a sense of stability that they seek during personal upheavals stemming from their families. The artists use drawing, photography, and various visual parameters to explore the complicated mix of emotion and tension that each of their experiences entails.
Rachel Fischer’s work documents imagery from her daily life as a record of major life shifts, including the birth of her first child and a move cross-country. Symmetry and pattern recur in intimately scaled drawings that symbolize transformations of familiar life. Ashley Whitt’s work explores familial dysfunction through manipulated gelatin silver prints and solvent transfers. The wallpaper of her childhood home serves as a symbol for addiction, repeating patterns, and decay. These images attempt to exert some control over chaotic and futile situations. The semblances of domesticity that emerge in each artist’s work compress past and present, serving as a record for what was and defining what will be on their own terms.
A Study in Symmetry is on view at 500X Gallery from May 11-June 2, 2019. The opening reception is Saturday, May 11th from 7-10 pm.