GEOMORPH / Things Change and They Change Again
Reception and Artist Talk with Chris Triebert
Thursday, October 6th / 5:30-7PM
Join us for a free public reception and artist talk by Chris Triebert on October 6th from 5:30-7PM at the Center – in conjunction with Triebert’s exhibition GEOMORPH / Things Change and They Change Again, which is currently on display at the Vermont Folklife Center’s Vision & Voice Gallery in Middlebury.
Five years ago, Tropical Storm Irene changed the landscape and lives of many Vermonters. Chris Triebert was one of them—an artist living and working along the Rock River in Newfane. Vermonters processed the chaos of the storm, destruction, and recovery in different ways—for Triebert, with time, her experience turned to art making as a way to create visual and emotional order from the chaos.
Triebert explains, “The GEOMORPH piece was inspired by the events of Tropical Storm Irene, which ravaged Vermont, and my home and studio, on August 28, 2011. Witnessing the complete rearrangement of our landscape from Irene’s flooding led me to this work. It has served as a tool to make visual order out of the chaos of that experience, and to create beauty from destruction.”
Triebert’s talk will focus on both the process and personal impact of creating this artwork: “After our studio was rebuilt, I brought collected objects inside and experimented with ways to arrange and photograph them. As I worked on individual images, the seeds of an idea took hold. I began to envision combining the images in an interconnected grid of patterns, as an interpretation of the reinvented landscape, showing the interplay between the natural and man-made elements.”
GEOMORPH / Things Change and They Change Again is a two-part exhibition showcasing Triebert’s Irene-inspired oeuvre—GEOMORPH—along with an ethnographic case study that explores her motivations for creating this work in response to the storm.
The Vision & Voice Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The program is generously underwritten by the Rotary Club of Middlebury, VT, Cabot Creamery, the Vermont Community Foundation, and our membership at large. The Gallery is ADA accessible on the first floor of the Vermont Folklife Center headquarters building at 88 Main Street in Middlebury.
The Vermont Folklife Center's mission is to broaden, strengthen, and deepen our understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.