Depths of Forever
MFA candidate Samantha Fretwell's Depths of Forever is about facade, with complete sincerity. Fretwell is a sucker for pastiche and the idea that charm, when well-executed, trumps truth. She aims for a discombobulated fluency in her sculptures. They employ specific, unnecessary objects that are cheap and artificial, but we forgive their deception because they are instantly recognizable and digestible. Her work flirts with the monumental yet is never intimidating, not only in scale but also in content. The language is familiar even when indirect; the forms were manufactured with the human figure in mind. She is trying to understand how we express our values and desires in the objects we use to decorate our lives.