Lost and Found
On View: July 13, 2019 - August 10, 2019
Opening Reception: July 13, 2019, 6-10pm
Jill Stoll gathers what is lost and broken, be it the metaphorical (shards, sparks, husks) or the physical (family snapshots, printed ephemera, hand held objects) in an effort to repair and make them whole again in her studio. Born and raised in Michigan, Stoll attended two of the state’s most celebrated cultural institutions, graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy and earning an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has exhibited her work in New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco, California; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Sheboygan, Wisconsin and Melbourne, Australia. In addition to an exhibiting artist, Stoll’s teaching career has spanned nearly 20 years in places as diverse as New York City, West Texas, Rome, and New Orleans in subjects that range from architectural design, drawing, collage, and darkroom photography.
“Lost and Found” contains six new works on paper from Stoll’s series Women Standing Alone. Using found snapshots of women who are lost to history, she creates an ephemeral atmosphere where implied space and form are rendered in cut and paste collage. A tribute to what is worn and abandoned, images are fragmented with pattern and resembled. When a snapshot departs from conventional wisdom, that is when it becomes compelling. If the assumptions of the viewer are confirmed, they do not become curious; the work does not offer an alternative to what they already know. It is the strength of the female figure standing alone that is a catalyst in each constructed visual narrative. To celebrate their lasting spirit captured by one decisive moment on film in what, we can only assume, was a full life much like our own. To create the installation Ode to Dead Horse Bay, Stoll excavated bottles from a former landfill in Brooklyn.