Joseph Cipro and Susan Durfee showcase art exhibit together at CWC

Published: Oct. 8, 2020 at 11:09 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

A couple of artists residing in Alpine, Wyoming have their work displayed in various places around the United States, Europe, and Japan. Most recently, they have now graced Riverton with their presence.

Though they are already united together as husband and wife, they decided to let their artwork, also be joined as one, in a collaborative exhibit. Joseph Cipro and Susan Durfee have their work displayed at the CWC Arts Center, and the inspiration is from how we deal with change.

Cipro noted, “Susan and I share a studio in our home and we’ve been working together in very different manners, and found through our discussion of each other’s work, that we actually had very similar thought processes and ideas.”

According to Durfee, conceptually the ideas she and her husband are exploring through their artwork are very similar, so they decided they should combine their work in a public show. Cipro noted that it’s difficult to imagine what it will all look like together when the pieces are stacked in their home studio, so they weren’t totally sure what to expect when they presented it all together.

Durfee emphasized, “It gave us a lot of delight to be able to see the work together, but we also had immediate reaction from the viewers of the exhibit at Jackson of how well the work complemented each other.”

Cipro’s work often displays his view of the changing natural world around him, whereas Durfee says in her work she looks at change from a personal and introspective point of view.

“It’s been a crazy year in the world with so much uncertainty. The exhibit that we have in Riverton which is entitled ‘Mind Mapping’ is exploring how we as individuals or as a society deal with change,” mentioned Durfee.

Cipro said at first he photographed, and for the last 25 years has painted in the Wind River Mountain Range. Consequently, his work ended up being a historical documentation of the changes in ecology, unintentionally.

“Changes that I have personally experienced in the environment. I spent a lot of years, over 45 years backpacking in the Wind River Range, and I’ve noticed changes first hand,” stated Cipro.

When asked how long this project took, Cipro joked, “When people ask how long does it take to do something, I say ‘We’ll I’ve been at it for about 45 years, so that’s about how long it takes.’ ”

The work is on display now, and the reception is at the CWC Arts Gallery on October 22nd from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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