Alice Momm is a New York City based artist whose work has been inspired both by her immersion in and longing for nature. Her ephemeral and sculptural works have been exhibited at venues such as Wave Hill in the Bronx, Islip Art Museum in East Islip, NY, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, NY, Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA. She has participated in many artist residencies including I-Park in East Haddam, CT, Hambidge Center, and Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. Momm holds an MFA from the University of Southern California and a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In addition to her work as an artist, Momm is a curator specializing in art in health care settings.
I live in the New York City and long for the country. The artwork I do in NYC stems from a deep desire to reintegrate the natural world into my life. On daily walks I collect leaves and scraps, impressions and thoughts. Each found object or observed thing is simultaneously the thing itself and evocation of something more – autumn leaves dance above a subway grate as a train passes below, scraps of bark reveal faces, stark winter branches are lines drawn against grey skies. Time mutates form, there is poetry in fragility, the handmade and humble.
Each year, I travel far from the city in order to complete large scale and/or ephemeral projects outdoors. I am interested in the idea of art and life as a journey. I am also very interested in the experience of being alone in nature and the psychological interpretation of wilderness as an arena for deep-set fears and desires untamed by civilization. This is the enchanted wilderness of myth and fairy tales, a place beyond civilization that beckons me, a lifelong city resident, to risk the wonderful or terrible adventures that lay beyond my spheres of comfort and understanding. Through environmental sculptures, I invite the viewer to follow a literal or metaphoric path that is layered with meaning yet still open-ended. With an emphasis on poetry and humor, my artworks present themselves playfully, while allowing for viewer involvement and introspection.
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