ARTISTS' STATEMENT / DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
MODERN FOSSILS PRESENTS; URBAN FOSSILS AND RIVER FOSSILS
Mankind's interaction with its natural environment is the basis and subject of this series. Just as natural fossils are the imprints of prehistoric life on earth, Judith and David have created "Modern Fossils": pieces that ponder the substances we are currently leaving behind in our environment, to be unearthed far in future. These artists were inspired by the embellished metal storm drain covers that are found on the curbsides of the streets in their local river towns. With these in mind, they create original plaster castings, which represent our community's impact on the life-giving river and its surrounding environment. The message on these castings, "Dump No Waste, Drains To Waterways", proclaims the clear truth that the river's health is key to the local community's existence and future. The artists collect both natural materials and manmade substances from the river and its surrounding environment, which they use to design the images in the castings and visually illustrate this message. The resulting wall hangings embody the modern dilemma of mankind's struggle to maintain a balanced relationship with nature. Modern Fossils have their roots in Judith's love for the river and its local community, combined with David's 20+ years of experience in creating and casting environmental sculptures ("Urban Fossils") in NYC and around the world.