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Wilson Art Gallery at Le Moyne College Hosts Exhibit

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … An exhibition of the work of Ingrid Ludt, titled “Forest becomes Ocean,” will be on display in the Wilson Art Gallery of the Noreen Reale Falcone Library at Le Moyne College. The exhibit opens on Friday, Feb. 25, and runs until Friday, March 25, and can be seen during regular library hours (Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from noon until 2 a.m.).

An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 4, from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Wilson Art Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (315) 445-4153.

Ingrid Ludt was born and raised in the Finger Lakes region of New York. She received a bachelor’s degree with honors in graphic design from Rochester Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in painting from University at Albany, State University of New York. Ludt has received several awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has been an associate fellow at Atlantic Center for the Arts, a resident artist at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony and a participant in the Summer Arts Institute at Women’s Studio Workshop. In 2008 Ludt served as visiting artist and guest lecturer at Middlebury College. Her work has been shown at Art Omni International Arts Center, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany Center Gallery, LBIF for the Arts and Sciences, Contemporary Artists Center, Storefront Artist Project, NURTUREart, Inc. and A.M. Richard Fine Art.

Artist statement:
I always draw first. Sometimes for a year or more before the sculpture comes. I create mixed media drawings – as many as 150 in a series – using a collage approach with ink, pencil, fabric, paper scraps, and most recently, thread stitching. These stitches are a drawing tool, making viable ‘marks’ on the paper. They offer me the joy of making something whole, putting things back together in the time-honored tradition of women sewing.

My drawings are a loose narrative, a daily diary about the conversation and patterns that unfold between the content of an idea that has come to me and the different materials I use. As I work, I find the drawings cross-pollinate each other and form relationship clusters, much like chapters in a book. It is no small matter that I was pregnant while creating this body of work, and that my curiosity centered on the origins of evolution and growth particularly in relation to the sea.

At some point in my long drawing process, the idea for a sculpture emerges, becoming a culmination or summary of the drawing narrative. Sculpture brings my drawings to life. As I build something out of nothing – the origin of life – the thought-forms in the drawings become animated. During this process I simultaneously search for a sense of place or structure, and that precise moment when a form comes alive.

posted on: 2/8/2011