View of “Deborah Stratman,” 2014.

View of “Deborah Stratman,” 2014.

Deborah Stratman

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

View of “Deborah Stratman,” 2014.

United primarily by an inquisitive approach that fuses the heart of a poet with the mind of a scientist, artist and filmmaker Deborah Stratman’s works engage a staggering range of concerns, geographies, and forms. The dominant impulse underlying her practice is a desire to reach an understanding of a subject, whether it is an astronomical phenomenon—the comets of . . . These Blazeing Starrs!, 2011, for example—or an ontological condition, such as freedom (O’er the Land, 2009). Some questions are, of course, unanswerable, and Stratman’s research rarely results in resolution. For the artist, understanding is always provisional, a benchmark at which new mysteries emerge and opportunities for poetics arise.

Sinkholes and other subsurface voids were the object of inquiry in “Swallows,” Stratman’s artist-in-residence exhibition at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. The

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