Earth Texts: Sculptural Paintings and Book Series by Kristy Deetz

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

These events are free and open to the public.

Sticks StonesEARTH TEXTS , by Professor Kristy Deetz, will kick off the Alexandre Hogue Gallery’s 2013-14 season. The exhibition runs from August 29-September 26, 2013.  An artist’s lecture will take place on September 12 at 4 pm in Jerri Jones Lecture Hall followed with an opening reception in the Gallery from 5-7 pm.

Earth Texts comprises a series of twenty-five wooden relief sculptures (carved, burned and painted with encaustic) that create visual metaphors of the book form as well as autobiographical explorations.  Playing off concepts like frame narratives, in medias res, and earth digest, these pieces operate in one sense as visual puns and connect ideas of language to both earth and body.  Included in the exhibition are three paintings from Liminal Trilogies:  Animal, Vegetable, Mineral that use materials and processes similar to those in Earth Texts but explore the limen or “threshold” between three different entities, ideas, or states of being.  Animal, Vegetable, Mineral examine the liminalities or borders within the natural world and seek to connect internal and external landscapes in a search for answers to human dilemmas.  The tactile paint surface, created through layers of encaustic (wax and pigment), serves as “skin,” unveiling greater complexity beneath.

KRISTY DEETZ , currently Professor of painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay, received her MFA in painting and drawing from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  She has taught painting and drawing at a number of universities and art schools over the past twenty years (including Michigan State University and Miami University) and given numerous encaustic painting workshops at universities and art centers (including Anderson Ranch, OxBow, Penland, Haystack, and Idyllwild).  Her extensive exhibition record includes competitive, invitational, and solo exhibitions throughout the United States.

Mary Whitney