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Sarah Hollis Perry and Rachel Perry Welty: water, water

July 14, 2012 - September 30, 2012

Water, water is the first collaborative museum show for mother–daughter artists Sarah Hollis Perry and Rachel Perry Welty. In addition to maintaining separate practices, Perry and Welty have been working collaboratively since they overlapped as students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2000. In their work they are interested in exploring the cyclical nature of both the natural world and the generations in a family.

Perry and Welty organized and filmed their video performance "Drawing a Line with the Tide" in July 2011 using eighty volunteers from the seaside village of Annisquam in Gloucester, Massachusetts where they both live. Moving to avoid the inevitable, the performers demonstrate a futile attempt to control nature with its stubborn adherence to the circling of time.

Among works of photography and sculpture, also included in the exhibition are five short films in which the artists explore aspects of identity and the complexity of the mother-daughter relationship of dependence, independence, and interdependence. One left hand and one right hand perform simple acts of washing and other routine tasks, which engage the viewer in the tease of expectation and uncertainty. All works were made in 2011-2012.

Cape Ann Museum | 27 Pleasant Street | Gloucester, MA 01930

Sarah Hollis Perry        Rachel Perry Welty

A collaborative work by Sarah Hollis Perry and Rachel Perry Welty

Cinematographer & Editor: Georgie Friedman

HD video with audio, 7:19 min


On view as a part of the exhibit:

“Drawing a Line with the Tide,” video still, 2011/2012

“Drawing a Line with the Tide” (video stills), Sarah Hollis Perry and Rachel Perry Welty, Cinematographer & Editor: Georgie Friedman, 2011/2012