‘Waterline’ – Split, twisted and bound

Submitted by San Juan Island Museum of Art.

San Juan Island Museum of Art is proud to present the piece “Waterline” as part of its “DEEP DIVE” exhibit.

In “Waterline,” created by Andrew Shewman, Orcas Island resident, the whale and orca flukes move within the art, morphing from human to vessel. Several forms make up the total art piece — mask, skywolf, resilience, swimmer, fluke and eyes. The enjoyment is discovering each as you walk among and are dwarfed by the sea structures.

Shewman, pictured here, said of his work, “Non-human forms captivate me — the beauty of their perfect adaptation to their environment, thus their inseparability from the natural world.”

In keeping with the strong environmental message of the summer exhibit, Shewman is interested in bamboo as a sustainable material in the family of grasses. Bamboo has a rich cultural and aesthetic history in the arts. In his hands, the traditional methods of splitting, bending and binding form sculptures that reflect his curiosity of human encounter with the natural world.

“I am fascinated with the human encounter with the spiritual world, archetypes throughout all cultures, and how as humans we reason our existence in the world,” Shewman said. “Of these things my artwork has become its own personal search and diversion between reality and myth.”

In his career as a co-owner of AZO, Shewman has worked with his wife Susan Singleton on more than 20 major installations. With natural materials and beauty, the pieces are a good fit with the clean lines of modern architecture and have been commissioned for hospitals, hotels and commercial buildings around the world. They include Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Muckleshoot Tribe, Group Health, Swedish Hospital and Shriner’s Burn Hospital.

“Waterline” and “DEEP DIVE,” which focuses on the beauty of the Salish Sea and the threats to our iconic species, runs at SJIMA through Sept. 16. SJIMA is located in Friday Harbor at 540 Spring St.