Sarah Rockett: Hide & Seek
As a kid, you may have been afraid of creepy crawlers hiding under your bed. Well, artist Sarah Rockett has turned an entire bed into one giant critter: a spider, to be exact, one that she calls Ethel. Made from found materials including bedsheets and an abandoned spring-board mattress, Ethel is part of an installation opening May 15 at PlatteForum called Hide & Seek.
PlatteForum pairs artists with youth from the community, and Rockett worked with kids from the Colfax Community Network to create her project. For someone who frequently makes reference to childhood in her work, Rockett says that actually collaborating with kids helped her “anchor the project through their eyes.” It has been “refreshing [and] insightful, and I want to do it more,” she adds. The kids will have some of their own creatures on display, under the title Spit Worm, Ike & Whatever: Inner Creatures From the Land of Weird.
The combined exhibit takes a playful look at the vulnerabilities associated with childhood and creates a space for recollection and connection. Attend the opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at PlatteForum, 2400 Curtis Street, Suite 100; the show runs through June 5. Visit platteforum.org for more info.
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