“Babbling Brook” is not a single form, but 130 individual pieces that flow together. Waves and plumes of blue, white and lavender studded with light-catching beads are interrupted by gray, rock-like forms.
When Ginger Ertz plays with pipe cleaners, colorful sea creatures emerge from her hands. Organic and abstract, they look like sea shells, coral and jellyfish. Clinging together, they form mesmerizing tidepools of texture and color. For the past nine years, the Schenectady artist has twisted, braided and knotted thousands and thousands of fuzzy pipe cleaners into imaginative sculptures. Last year, Ertz had her first Capital Region solo show at Schenectady High School’s Butzel Gallery, and in 2010 her sculptures appeared in the prestigious Mohawk-Hudson Regional exhibit at The Hyde Collection.