Reimagining The Discarded – Pop Up Show

Gisela Wielke and Madelon Holder

Nov. 3rd-5th
Friday, 3-7pm
Saturday, Sunday, 2-6pm

Lightforms Art Center
743 Columbia Street
Hudson, NY 12534

It’s all in the eye. It’s all in the seeing

“I have a crazy, crazy love for things,” (Pablo Neruda), especially the discarded things one finds littering the streets, in gutters, in dumpsters, in drawers, but also in nature, by the ocean, riverbanks, truncated things, torn out of their story, washed ashore, cast aside by people, by time, by life.

This happens also with parts of every human biography, the regrettable, failed, undervalued parts, tossed aside intentionally or carelessly. What calls me are the partial things, the discarded ones that beckon to be reintegrated into a new story in whimsical, witty, quirky, humorous, silly, playful ways, but also thoughtful and always with attention, appreciation and respect for the intelligence, the spirit that once created the whole. 

GISELA WIELKI – Artist Statement – After completing my studies at the Christian Community seminary in Stuttgart in 1970 I worked for two years in Germany before I was sent to serve the New York City congregation. Earlier and during my studies at the seminary I spent already a total of two years in the USA. Now retired I look back with gratitude how life unfolded setting the stage from transitioning into the New World with some very unexpected twists. 

MADELON HOLDER – Artist Statement – After retiring from working with my hands as an occupational therapy assistant in 2012, my hands were freed to do their own thing. I took a liking to scraps of cloth allowing me to stich them together as my imagination guided my hands. This found expression in wall hangings, quilts, in playful ways with paper-mache, tile work and other materials never tried before. It has made retirement an enjoyable, creative journey. 


Nov 03 2023


3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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