Sam Chase Javellana Hill (2021): Rending (Image # 001)
Rending is comprised of a series of brown butcher paper scrolls covered in woodblock prints and charcoal rubbings. Five smaller scrolls – ~3 feet in width and ranging in length from 3’ to 8’ – hang on the gallery wall and one larger scroll spills out onto the gallery floor to become a more sculptural piece. Rending works to reveal the process of its creation, with tears and holes formed by the process of charcoal rubbings left visible. These pieces are as invested in healing as they are in violence. The fissures created through the mark-making process are sutured back together with monofilament and embroidery thread to create puckered, folding surfaces. Temporality plays an important role as the same woodblock carvings are repeated over and over in various iterations like echoes. Charcoal mirrors this echo in the way it leaves traces behind even after its erasure. In Rending, butcher paper takes on a materiality more similar to skin in its imperfect scarring.