Clutch Gallery is pleased to present Cross Pollination by Cathi Schwalbe-Bouzide. Schwalbe-Bouzide engages in a deep exploration of cultivation utilizing the concepts of plenty and want, reuse, food systems, and the human condition to hang her practice on. For Clutch she has created a mausoleum-like structure built of beeswax that is adorned with text taken from two interviews she had with beekeepers Tanja Deshida and Charlie Koenen. Throughout the run of the show this malleable structure will slowly take on the shape of the gallery, mimicking the way industry has shaped global hive structures for agricultural use. In Cross Pollination, the absence of the bees within the structure is palpable as the residual smell of their work lingers within Clutch. Cross Pollination runs through July 2, 2011.
Cathi Schwalbe-Bouzide received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin. She has exhibited at the Lilstreet Art Center in Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana. She is a member of Women Made Gallery, Chicago Sculpture International, and the Illinois Artisans Program. She currently lives and works in Chicago.