Friday, August 28, 2015

Exhibition Features 3 Pieces by BU Art Professor

Foundress (2014).

Hand dyes, discharged rayon, silk organza, muslin,
machine quilted, hand embroidered, hand made
paper (abaca), acrylic paint
71" x 34 1/2"
Photo: James Grimsley
Professor Meredith Grimsley, Department of Art and Art History, will have three pieces featured in the exhibition Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art. They are “Foundress,” “Same Old Wounds: Begets” and a performance piece called “Same Old Wounds: Legacy."

Professor Grimsley writes:

Foundress (detail). Photo: James Grimsley
"Each generation within a family inherits not only genetics,but patterns of behavior. With my use of both unsettling and alluring imagery, I reveal the psychological impact of family dysfunction. This work discusses a balance between beauty and distortion and the endurance of the human spirit.The nest in Foundress is that of a Yellow Jacket. Each year a single queen known as the foundress begins a new nest. Legacy perseveres to rekindle her hostile swarm. Correlating the nature of these creatures with thoughts of dysfunctional family legacies, I see that, within families, significant events, words and behaviors occur and are absorbed into our daily routine without examination. Some happen in a breath while others linger endlessly corroding or correcting our core."

The exhibition runs from September 18, 2015 through March 12, 2016 at Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA.

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