Friday, January 7, 6-9pm, marks the grand opening of FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel’s new poolside art installation by Joan Waters. These four wall sculptures, titled “See–Hear–Sing–Fly” from the Urban Primitives series, use discarded satellite dishes that have been repurposed and transformed into masks, pulsing with new life. “See–Hear–Sing–Fly” will be on display and offered for sale at the FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel for one year and can even be enjoyed at night when the installation truly comes to life with the help of hidden LED lights.
“See–Hear–Sing–Fly” is a 4-part wall installation that was welded and plasma cut in the artist’s studio in Tempe. Joan Waters has been collecting discarded satellite dishes over the years and says she sees them as “metal treasure hiding in plain sight”. Through the new life that she has given to what other people have thrown away, the “urban primitive” masks convey a deep essence of transformation through the artifacts of our technology.
About Joan Waters: Joan Waters earned her BFA from The Maryland Institute, College of Art, where she studied African art with Prof. James E. Lewis. She is originally from England, and grew up on the East coast of the U.S. Ms. Waters exhibits her work extensively in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area and on the East Coast, and her work is in numerous public and private collections. Recent commissions include public art for City of Chandler, City of Phoenix, Mesa Permanent Sculpture Collection, Mesa Community College, Copper Sun Child Center and Burton Barr Central Library. Waters was guest curator of the Herberger Theater Gallery for the 2007 season. The artist welcomes commissions and enjoys the synergy of the collaborative process. Visit www.joanwaters.com to see more of her work.