Title: New Beginnings
Size: 24" x 24"
Seidel earned her BA in Art History from Smith College Northhampton, Massacusetts and her MA in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin. After twenty years as a practicing architect, she is now making small, intimate collages and sculptures of found materials.
New Beginings, part of a series on woman's work, consists of found clothing collaged with encaustic onto square canvases. Laid out in various configurations, the pices are recognizable wholes or appear as partial sections. The minute landscapes of folds, creases, stitching, and subtle color all invite contemplation as metaphors of purity, innocence, and vulnerability. Seidel states, "By presenting these dresses as icons of the conscious feminine, I am expanding on the feminine spirit which entered into their making and resides in them through the passage of time."
Her selected group exhibitions include: From Pixels to Paper, Center For Creative Imaging, Camden, Maine, 1994; From Ready Made to Still Life, Modesto College Art Gallery, Modesto, California, 1994; Without Boundaries, Somar Gallery, San Francisco, 1994; Les Contemporaines, Grand Palais Paris, Paris, 1993; Gifted Women, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, California, 1993; Esprit de Corps, Alliance Francais, San Francisco, 1993; Roaring Fork Biannual, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, 1992; Union Gallery, San Luis Obispo, California, 1992; Works on Paper, The Ink People, Eureka, California, 1991; and Tutti Fruti, Anderson Ranch Gallery, Snowmass, Colorado, 1991.