Ridgefield folklore ‘Etched in Stone’

Watershed Gallery will display Béatrice Coron’s Etched in Stone, the 16-square-foot papercut inspired by the imagery, folklore and history of Ridgefield, for the last time. The piece blends well-known Ridgefield historical figures — such as Revolutionary War soldiers, the Leatherman and Typhoid Mary — with modern stories like that of a Hummer hitting the Cass Gilbert Fountain.

Coron, who has developed a language of storytelling by paper cutting multi-layered stories in the construction medium Tyvek, has her work in collections around the world, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

For Etched in Stone, the artist visited the village to mine personal histories and folklore from local residents.

The finished work reveals a Ridgefield that is by turns both whimsical and haunting: Maurice Sendak’s Wild Things dance upon rooftops, Revolutionary War skeletons lay buried beneath a stone wall, and a Humvee sits perched atop a crumbling Cass Gilbert fountain.

Watershed Gallery is at 23 Governor Street in Ridgefield. For more information visit watershedgallery.com or call 203-438-4387.

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