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Site-specific installation by Jaq Belcher on view at Heather Gaudio Fine Art
“An Inverception” Site-specific installation by Jaq Belcher consisting of 77,700 hand-cut paper seeds under a suspended sheet with over 10,000 cuts. On view at Heather Gaudio Fine Art through April 15th.

NEW CANAAN, CONN.- Heather Gaudio Fine Art is presenting “An Inverception,” a site-specific installation created by roster artist Jaq Belcher. This is the first time the gallery dedicates its entire space to one artist who has created a work designed specifically for its location. Belcher commenced preparing the installation on March 29th and it will be on view through April 15th.

“An Inverception” consists of one large single sheet of paper measuring 64 by 51 inches which has been suspended from the ceiling. Hand-cut with the use of an Exacto knife, Belcher’s identifiable process, the sheet consists of thousands of cuts. Placed below the sheet are the “seeds” that have been cut out from this and previous works from the past ten years. 77,700 seeds have been arranged in a floor drawing measuring 108 x 108 inches.

Much of Jaq’s work references numerology, cosmology and other symbolic significances about our place in the universe. Deciphering these codes or understanding their meaning does not, however, detract from the stunningly visual experience her work evokes. Belcher uses an Exacto knife to hand-cut seeds from single sheets of paper to make stunningly beautiful patterns, creating voids, raising or folding the pieces to accentuate the design. These lifted or pushed surfaces make for shadows that in turn can form subtle changes in the tonality of the white paper according to the time of day or light that is surrounding it. Belcher’s work draws the viewer in and elicits an initial reaction of awe and amazement at the technique behind the meticulous, labor-intensive process. Further pause evokes a more mesmerizing and meditative experience, allowing for a quietude and a deeper consciousness to emerge.

With this in mind, the gallery is providing seating for viewers to spend as much time as they please to contemplate the work before them. Installed on the gallery walls are other framed works by Belcher as well as another unframed piece revealing more about her artistic process. Belcher carefully keeps track of the number of cuts that are in each piece and numbers each seed on the reverse. She also makes notations along the margins of her work, documenting time frames, thoughts and ideas that emerge as she creates.

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