Tilting at Windmills at 15 on Top
By Jessica Tackes
May 18, 2018
The echo of a landscape, twinkling lights, and fragmented refrains. What is appearance and what is reality? In Tilting at Windmills, viewers were led to ponder this question and discover the awakening of their respective imaginations as they contemplated new works created by Maggie Morton and Sarah Foote. Partly inspired by an excerpt taken from Miguel de Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote, one couldn’t help but be pulled into Morton’s poetic tableaus and Foote’s layered compositions as each piece bounced color, poetry, and geometry back and forth in a magnetic labyrinth created by the artists.
Through the combination of linear and organic forms, together their work reflected the complexities found within nature, literature, and the world as it has been and will continue to be shaped by human interaction. Hung within the main living space of Foote’s apartment, the two artists forged a sense of mystery and asked guests to use their own lived experiences to unravel the meanings to be found behind the work as individual units and as a united whole.
Within the warm, domestic interior, Morton and Foote ultimately enveloped their guests in a story of their own creation and fully exhibited notions of the sublime and the beautiful. It was a pleasure to be invited into the space and to witness their work as both an outsider and insider. Certainly, Tilting at Windmills will stick in my memory as the adventure continues somewhere in the great beyond.
This article is funded by the Illinois State University Friends of the Arts.
Jessica Tackes is an artist, writer, and historian who will earn her BA in Art History and Drawing from Illinois State University in 2018. Tackes currently lives and works in Rockford, IL. Her writings have been published by Sixty Inches From Center.