May 3, 2016 – May 31, 2016
Alice Momm will create a sculpture tentatively titled “Seedpod” at the 127th Street Harlem
Grown Urban Farm that will grow and evolve throughout the exhibition period. At the core of Momm’s work is a fascination with how we coexist with nature in both urban and rural environments. This has been expressed through dichotomies that involve ranges in scale, fantasy, fact and the nature of tangibility. Momm’s working method has always included the gleaning process – picking up things, taking these humble materials and bringing them into the sphere of art. Using this same aesthetic and life approach, Momm will use the cuttings and other picked-up-things generated by the Harlem Grown gardens to create an organically growing sculpture/resting spot that speaks to the possibilities of finding joy, wonder and repose in the urban landscape. The sculpture will show how even the cuttings from a garden, a broken twig, or a pulled-up root can be transformed into art. Three small tree stump seats will be incorporated into the piece and the loosely woven walls that surround it will integrate both handmade elements and living plants and vines. This sculpture/seating area will be created primarily for the young visitors to Harlem Grown. As their personal and emotional landscapes grow with the seeds that they cultivate, this same sense of wonder and joy can continue to grow as they see the creative possibilities available to them in even the most humble materials.
Alice Momm is a Harlem based artist whose work has been inspired both by her immersion in and longing for nature. Her ephemeral and sculptural works have been exhibited most recently at ODETTA Gallery in Bushwick, as well as at venues such as Wave Hill in the Bronx, Islip Art Museum in East Islip, NY, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, NY, and Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA. In the Spring of 2017, Momm will have a solo exhibition at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Public speaking engagements include artist talks at the Clark Art Institute, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and at Christie’s Education. Momm holds an MFA from the University of Southern California and a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. For more information, please visit www.alicemomm.com.