Janet Rothholz's stoneware pieces — heads, masks, figures and vessels — combine a sensibility for antiquity based in a contemporary ethos. The pieces look as if they could have been sculptured hundreds of years ago, yet are very much of the present. As the artist writes about her work:
Masks reveal as much as they conceal about who we are and where we come from. They provide a rich framework for the expression of our inner and external lives. Through my masks, I attempt to explore the inherent mystery and tension between the seen and unseen aspects of the self in the context of different cultural aesthetics.
Just as Rothholz's work inspires the viewer to look inward, this sense of boundlessness and limitlessness is beautifully communicated in the landscape photographs by Stephanie O. Schmidt. Every piece captures the breadth and expansiveness of nature. Our mind travels as far as her lens has taken us and we explore the infiniteness of our world —
its oceans, clouds and solitary objects of New York City. Her 40-photo series, The Drift of Everything, is derived from a phrase by Brooklynite Walt Whitman.