Public Artwork "Primal" is Open to Interpretation
To find out about Summit train station's newest sculpture, and its artist, keep reading.
If you are one of the many who make daily use of the Summit Train Station, you were probably among the first to recognize a change in its landscape.
The Public Art/Summit has been at work once again, adding to the town's aesthetics with its newest installation, Primal, a sculpture created by Ava Blitz and located in front of the Summit station.
Primal is made up of three free-flowing sculptural forms which the artist created using glass fiber-reinforced cement.
"They're ambiguous, as far as interpretation goes," said Blitz said. "It could be waves, it could be embryos, it could be waves twisting and falling back into the earth."
The artist went on to add that the three forms could even be perceived as a family because of their close, seemingly interactive relationships with one another.
Blitz, a resident of Pennsylvania, has been creating art for 30 years and has had her work displayed in exhibitions and public places throughout the northeastern United States and internationally in locales such as China, Japan, and Canada.
Outside of sculptural work, the visual artist's portfolio also contains works of photography and other two-dimensional pieces.
To add to her resume, Blitz has directed the Fine Arts program at Bryn Mawr College and taught at both Bryn Mawr and Philadelphia University.
The artist said that Primal was inspired by "the common structures we see throughout the world."
Blitz elaborates on this idea in her artist's statement, which reads, "I am intrigued by the mysterious similarity of structures, from the microscopic to the macroscopic, found in biology, botany, geology, and anthropology. My work is symbolic of the cycles of life, of the elements, and of the forces of growth, change, and evolution."
In light of this concept of change and evolution, Blitz encouraged observers of her latest Summit installation to be aware of how it changes according to environmental factors. For example, Primal will expectedly look different in sunlight versus moonlight, in the morning versus the evening, or in the thick of winter when the forms are covered in snow versus an autumn day when the sculptures are surrounded by colored leaves.
"I hope people develop a kind of relationship (with the figures) in a way, and see how they change over the seasons and the day," said the artist of the curvy white forms that together make Primal. "The idea is for people to bring their own interpretations and see how it changes."
Before making their way to the Garden State, Summit's newest installation was on display at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pa., and at the Philadelphia International Airport.
So how does the artist hope that Summit residents will reacts to her artwork?
"I hope that (Primal) will just spark imagination and over time, people will develop a kind of relationship with them…and that they become sort of part of the community in a way."