The Age of Resin

For sculptor Mayme Kratz, nature's beauty is forever amber

These works demand to be peered into and through, as though looking inward, closer, and in greater detail--underground, underwater or subconsciously--is the key to expanding one's view.

"The question," she says, "is how close can I get? It's like taking a photograph, then getting a microscope and zooming in. I'd really like to find the cells and get down to the DNA." Her two "Lost and Found" pieces appear to have done just that. Stacked up like coded jewels, in alternating translucent pinks, yellows and off-clears, their chains of resin ice cubes containing flower petals, beetles, stems and wings and shells, leaves, seeds and insect legs amount to visual DNA--the building blocks of her own creative vision.

These and the all-resin panels are Kratz's simplest works to date. They lack the architectural appointments and associations of her earlier shrines and the flattened obelisks in this show. But that's just as well. Their simplicity allows you to zero in on the parallels she seems to be exploring between concealed nature and hidden thoughts. Obsessively meditative, they lead you into a low-light realm where the lay of land and mind are one and the same.

Take a friend.

Mayme Kratz's Meditations continues through Saturday, June 27, at the Lisa Sette Gallery, 4142 North Marshall Way in Scottsdale. For more information, see the Art listing.

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