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Texas Woman’s University Presents
Supranatural Realistic
Helen Altman | Celia Eberle | Kana Harada
Beverly Penn | Linda Ridgway

January 12 to February 4, 2015
Reception for the artists: January 20, 5-8 pm

 TWU Department of Visual Arts welcomes five artists working mainly with sculptural and assemblage elements for our next exhibition. Each artist uses nature, natural materials and human nature as a springboard to create work that reorganizes nature, plays games on assumptions and takes the commonplace and turns it on it’s head. Very different approaches to sculpture and an inventive use of materials bring these artists together in Supranatural Realistic.

 Helen Altman uses commonplace materials and objects in creating her work. Skulls out of seeds, leaves and twigs are a rumination on the beginning and end of life and the purpose of our stay here; birds out of wire, unable to fly due to hollowness and weight underscore the fragility of existence and the ‘human predicament’. Altman states, ‘It is a happy moment for me when I can create objects that are simultaneously convincing and yet blatantly absurd in their obvious artificiality.’ Helen Altman lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas. She is represented by Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

 Celia Eberle works are based in her view of human experiences. Using natural elements to embody complex emotions and human foibles, she creates very intriguing objects that attract and repel with the same frequency. She uses mythology to inform her work because it ‘represents a vast store of knowledge concerning the human condition. It provides answers to our most important questions, but we largely choose to ignore it, because we must do what we feel rather than what we know.’ Celia Eberle lives and works in Bardwell, Texas, near unusual neighbors. She is represented by Cris Worley Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

 Kana Harada works in a fragile medium to embody ‘the great beauty deep within all of us.’ Her works have nature as inspiration, but spiral out into fantasies of shape and line in three dimensions. She is inspired by, ‘the spirit of the trees and wondrous flowers I have encountered in the lush forests at the foot of Mt. Fuji and across the U.S.’ Kana Harada lives and works in Dallas, Texas. She is represented by Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

 Beverly Penn takes a scientific, organized approach to nature in her works. Showing the growth cycle of plants, making constellations of stems and flowers and leaves in bronze and using scientific/industrial elements to underscore the empirical nature of her investigation, her works are an elegant revision of natural growth.  She states, ‘The impulse to arrange the wild variety of the natural world to fit an intellectual symmetry is a fundamental human urge.’ Beverly Penn is a tenured Professor at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She is represented by McMurtry Gallery in Houston, Texas & dberman Gallery in Austin, Texas.

 Linda Ridgway uses nature to reiterate past memories and feelings from her past. Her memories of being read poetry by Robert Frost have informed the development and presentation of her work. She uses nature as a ‘metaphor for life… as did Frost’ as a muse for creating her work. Linda Ridgway lives and works in Dallas, Texas and is represented by Talley Dunn Gallery, in Dallas, Texas & John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, California.

Reception : January 20 / 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fine Arts Building Foyer

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