CURRENTLY IN THE GALLERY

Artwork on display in the Gallery at 42 Maple changes monthly. See this month’s current exhibition below. To see the art gallery schedule or apply to be a featured artist, please visit the Gallery Schedule page.

UNBROKEN

CHRISTINA LFEVEBRE

Opening Reception
Friday, December 6, 2019

On Display: December 6-30, 2019

Lefebvre takes commonplace objects that proudly show their history with nicks and scrapes and merges them with eclectic castoffs in such a way that her love of patina is undeniable. She says she can’t save everything from a slow demise in a landfill but she can, like a domestic archaeologist, take a few mundane scraps from everyday life and re-form them into compositions where they will live a new life and make the world a more enjoyable place to live.

Imagine a barefoot, seven-year-old girl, pulling her little red wagon through town picking up and collecting the most interesting things along the way; a rusted bottle cap, a piece of bark that curled up like a smile, and a green army man rescued from the gutter to name a few. She then puts some dirt in a coffee can, adds some daisies and clover that she has hijacked from her yard, and thoughtfully places those found treasures throughout the ensemble. Next, she paints a “Yard Sale” sign and pitches it in her yard where her “terrarium” masterpieces are for sale. That was Lefebvre as a child.

After giving up that childhood enterprise to join the corporate world in a not-entirely-unsuccessful try at being a mechanical drafting software geek, and then giving that up, Christina finally circled back to her childhood roots by 2015 and embraced a new career as an upcycle artisan. Loosely translated, she has become someone who takes things that other people no longer want and transforms them into something unexpected that many other people actually do want.

Lefebvre invites you to see the beauty in the broken. As you examine the stories told in these pieces, note two things. The first, other than glue and varnish, nothing new was purchased to produce her art. Everything, right down to the screws and wires used to fuse objects together, were deconstructed from artifacts recovered in an abandoned building, donations that appeared magically on her front porch, or leftovers salvaged from a past construction or art project. The second thing of note is that each composition contains at least one item that is, or rather was, considered broken.

Lefebvre has a studio in Berlin, New Hampshire. She says it is, luckily, only a moment’s walk from her apartment where she lives upstairs with her very patient and supportive husband, Brian, and two cats who are perpetually amused by the myriad of things that cycle through their home.