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"Somatic: Sculptural Works of Five Contemporary Artists"
2003-09-29 until 2003-11-15
Memphis College of Art
USA United States of America
The artists of Somatic create organic forms in a variety of media that represent the body or its parts, referencing both the surface and what lies beneath. The works merge the visible or invisible with emotion, and question the unseen. They explore the disturbing truth that one’s self cannot be entirely known, and is in some ways ultimately out of one’s control. MCA curator Cynthia Thompson says “within Somatic is the ability to both repel and engage the viewer…unveiling a quiet state of apprehension, ultimately reminding us of the fragility of our own existence.”
Students will assist Australian artist Angela Willcocks with the installation of Thraxpat. Comprised of hair and wax, Thraxpat represents physical chaos, the entropy of a biomorphic form. Internationally recognized sculptor and printmaker Jeanne Jaffe creates eccentrically animated works, referencing the body in context with sensation. Carson Fox creates forms by altering recognizable and familiar objects. The resulting artifacts are of a process exploring inevitability, memory, death and decay.
Exhibits as well as MCA’s Visiting Artists Lecture Series are free and open to the public, and offer the community the opportunity to interact with artists.
Small by choice and purpose, Memphis College of Art is the only not-for-profit, dually accredited independent art college between Atlanta and Kansas City. It extends its programs to the public through gallery exhibitions, continuing education and children's classes and visiting artist lectures. For more information about the college, visit www.mca.edu.
Detail from Thraxpat