A gallery opening was hosted in honor of three women artists at Gallery East on Friday evening. The gallery, Hollow Bones, will grace the USU Eastern campus until Nov. 6.
Those in attendance enjoyed refreshments while viewing artwork from Holly Cobb, Lisie Beck Brundage and Michelle Montrose Larsen.
The following is a press release about the artists and their work:
Three women artists, all graduates of Utah State University, will exhibit their work at USU Eastern’s Gallery East in an exhibit titled Hollow Bones from Oct. 6-Nov. 6.
After a favorable showing of the Hollow Bones exhibit at the Logan campus, artists Cobb, Brundage and Larsen are bringing their paintings and other two-dimensional work to the Price campus.
“These artists not only show exemplary strength of skill that typifies the work coming from USU graduates, but a diversity of expression that deserves greater recognition,” gallery director Noel Carmack said.
Each artist, he said, brings their worldview to their medium. Cobb’s interest in the female figure, symbolic still life subjects and anthrozoological forms, attempts to show an occasional departure from the digital world to reflect her connection with the wilds of nature. “My work reflects my connections, memories and anticipations rediscovered by returning to the wild,” she said.
Brundage’s relief prints and paintings are colorful, patterned impressions of the world she lives in. “Finding the balance between abstraction and representation is something I am interested in conquering. I carry out this objective by layering, pattern making and color,” she wrote.
Larsen’s metaphorical paintings reflect the protective, nurturing and natural instincts of motherhood. “My work explores how the ecosystems of each living species overlap and collide to create an incomprehensibly complex web of life,” she explained. “Hollow Bones more specifically portrays the biological instinct species have to survive through their offspring.”
Carmack said the exhibit contains some adult imagery and probably should not be viewed by young children. Even though it includes some stark images, the Hollow Bones exhibit is meant to inspire thoughtful visitors to reflect on their own worldviews.
The exhibit is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment through Nov. 6. The gallery is closed on weekends and holidays. Attendance to the gallery is free and open to the public.