I’m pleased to present another art review culled from Hollins University art professor Ruth Epstein’s art criticism class, this one written by freshman Haley Ortiz. “Anne Ferrer: Hot Pink” remains on display through April 13.—MikeA
A Criticism of “Anne Ferrer: HOT PINK”
By Haley Ortiz
Hot Pink, an installation now on view at the Taubman Museum, was made exclusively for the space by Paris-based artist Anne Ferrer, whose sculptures emulate plants, human organs, sea creatures, clothing, and limbs. In this work, she stitched together pieces of ripstop nylon sailcloth in various shades of pink — quirky festival colors — creating a large, playful sculpture.
The sheer size of Ferrer’s piece is awe-inspiring , demanding attention. Upon entering the space, one sees it from below, a writhing life form suspended in air. The patches create shapes that swirl beautifully. The conical spirals are similar to those of colorful lollipops, and with its pointed protrusions, the piece resembles a rhinoceros that a child might win in a carnival game or a large balloon in a parade.
Viewed from above, on the second floor, the organic flow of Hot Pink evokes, for me, various aspects of character. Each shade of pink represents a shade of one’s personality; each tentacle represents an arm reaching out in hope; each cone represents a tentacled arm retracted defensively, as if in an attempt to save itself. The nylon patches and stitch-work symbolize the composite nature of personality. The vibrant colors of the patches celebrate the vibrancy and beauty of life.