About the Artwork
“Resonance is a 8’Hx12’Wx4’D steel sculpture that uses geometry to frame the surrounding environment and also serves an Aeolian harp. My work emphasizes the vulnerability of nature to humanity. As the viewer changes physical perspective around the piece, their perception of their own scale and relationship to nature also changes. Moreover, the sound changes. The definition of resonance as ‘the sympathetic vibration of an object at a specific frequency when it is excited into motion by a sound wave of similar frequency in the immediate vicinity’ is literally used as a double entendre in this context.” –Stephanie Garon and Terry Ingram
About the Artists
Stephanie Garon: As a five year old, I tagged along with my father to “hamfests,” radio operator gatherings held in county fair parking lots. Cars would pop open their trunks like overflowing treasure chests filled with electronic wares: old radio boxes, computer boards, cables, monitors, soldering irons. It was an oasis in the heart of wooded valleys.
My father would sell or trade items he no longer needed. My job was to display them on a tattered blanket and haggle to make the sale. The setup became my stage as I pranced about, reorganizing after each barter session. In my mind’s eye, we were a traveling show and I was the star with dirty nails, pigtails and suspenders.
Years later, when I find myself welding and smelling the rusty steel odor of the studio, I am driving down those dusty roads again. My work explores the limits of nature and connection through juxtaposing industrial elements with natural materials I collect. The decomposition of the natural forms provides drama and philosophic markers of fragility: green pine needles fade to brown, cement made from melted snow crumbles, and wind switches orientation of metal sculpture around trees. Rich in associations, the work functions as abstracted expressions of a time, place, and way of life that capture paradoxes: formalism and fragility, permanence and impermanence, and nature and nurture.
My work invites the viewer to contemplate how we, as people, build structures and interact with the natural world around us. Like the items I’d curate at the hamfests, my art embraces transforming materials to define my visual voice.
Terry Ingram, a lifelong farmer from Culpepper, Virginia, applies his expertise with cultivating the earth to his themes in his writing and art practice. He works as a representative for Organic Valley Cooperative.