Weight of the World

RICH SOIL | Works by Kristine Mays

At the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Exhibit Dates: June 26, 2021 – January 9, 2022. More information on exhibit here.
A Conversation with Kristine Mays: Wednesday, June 30th 5:30 – 8:30PM. Tickets available here.

Ancestral Spin #10; Not Just Happenstance #4; Soon and Very Soon #24

“Rich Soil, Mays’s first ever outdoor exhibition, originally displayed at Filoli Historic House and Garden, explores the dance between life and death, as the pieces interact with the land, and draw inspiration from the movement of Alvin Ailey’s dance composition, “Revelation.” The sculptures do not speak to any one form of dance but rather to an overall sense of movement, as Mays tries to “bring out a human form through the wire to capture a gesture.” Rich Soil pays honor to the ancestors—those that walked, lived on, and tended to this land—to the lives that have been recognized and those that have been “forgotten.” These forms deliver a message of strength while challenging how we view ourselves and others; though they look fragile and soft, they are solid and strong. Within the confines of hard metal wire is a sense of resilience and perseverance—a need to push forward and thrive. The work also speaks to identity—the question of who we are and what we can do with our lives, the impact our lives have on the world.”
All works at the Museum are available for purchase through Zenith Gallery.
All works will stay at the Museum until the exhibit closes in January.


WEIGHT OF THE WORLD | Featuring new works by Kristine Mays

July 13 – September 3, 2021
Two Opening Receptions:
Wednesday July 14, 4:00 – 8:00 PM &
Saturday July 17, 2:00 – 6:00 PM
At 1249 Iris Street NW, Washington DC 20012
In conjunction with Kristine Mays’ exhibition “Rich Soil” at The Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Zenith Gallery will be exhibiting Kristine Mays’ extraordinary new works. Working with hard rigid wire, Kristine Mays has captured humanity — revealing strength, perseverance, and resilience. This exhibition carries themes of multiple identities, love, community, survival, life, and pain. This exhibition explores the reality of how we see ourselves and others.

l-r: Weight of the World; All Power to All the People; Elegant Restraint #2

Mays uses hundreds of pieces of wire to create intricate sculptures that capture the human form to reflect upon what is inward. “I create the outer shell, the exterior of a human being, but provoke you to see what’s within. Memories and the way we have loved one another far outweigh our status or possessions — and yet sometimes a simple dress or a body in motion may trigger a memory from the past, allowing us to visit that which has imprinted our lives.”