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Artist uses art to untangle life

If you look at the rope-like drawings displayed at Saratoga Arts Center from April 3 to May 29, it may look like the wound lines or threads have a distinguishable end point. But Naomi Lewis said if you look a little closer, they can't be unwound at all, and she should knowshe's the artist.

The lines often fly off the edge of the page so that there are still parts missing," said Lewis.

Lewis, of Albany, said she's created a series of these drawings in a style that's abstractly reflective of her life.

"I've used the knot and the nest as metaphors for my role as a mother, wife and family member. The constantly winding thread can become a nest or represent an untangling of knots with all the loose ends you have to keep in order. It's reflective in a subtle way but not directly autobiographical," said Lewis, who has a daughter and son in their 20s.

Lewis has shared a cooperative studio in downtown Albany with five other artists for two years now, creating there a couple days a week and working hard to prepare for this exhibition. But it may have been the one week residency she did this winter at Millay Artist Colony in Austerlitz, NY. that was most useful.

"I went just to be away from Albany for a bit and to be able to draw all day every day," said Lewis, who has spent time there before. "I was there for a whole month about five or six years ago; they give you a room and board and you just do your work. If you've been a resident before, you're allowed to come back during the winter when it's only open for short term residencies."

Lewis said the opportunity to take advantage of this privilege came at the perfect time.

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