Bobbins, feathers, and mythical creatures

(04-07-2014)

Beth Collier-Fogdall, Nations and Magnification; Charise Mixa, Winging It; Sibyl Teague, Beginnings

The Adams State University Cloyde Snook Gallery current exhibit, the Graduate Thesis Show, continues through April 18. A closing reception will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the Art Building.

The artists, Beth Collier-Fogdall, Nations and Magnification; Charise Mixa, Winging It; and Sibyl Teague, Beginnings; will complete the master's degrees in art this spring. Their exhibit features printmaking and mixed media.

Teague said her current printmaking centers on creation myths from different cultures throughout time. "Placing the mythological characters in settings that span time, I show both the past and the present. In this way, I show the persistence of myth in our modern culture." The artwork explores the relationships between mythology, time and abstraction. "I make use of culturally diverse myths to comment on contemporary issues, while examining their roots in our collective memory. I seek to tell stories that deliver messages, while building icons and symbols to add to my personal artistic vocabulary."

Mixa said her artwork starts with two of her favorite loves, birds and books, and the relationships she has formed with both. "This body of work has allowed me to recognize, understand, and then try and let it go. Let of go of the need to control and be perfect (because I think that's what's expected of me) and know that so much of who I am, how I move through the world, is a construct of someone, something, else." Her structures are "inspired by my love of birds and books and fortunetellers, but influenced by grief and loss, and of hardships, and the need to control and hold on so tight, but in the end only the letting go makes the pain go away…and I've written myself into the pages, some of which are torn apart, folded and twisted into something altogether different."

Collier-Fogdall creates imposed relationships between the disparate objects of magnified cellular structures and common sewing notions. "The imagery for this body of work comes from those sources. First, sewing notions are listed on the back of any sewing pattern. Notions are the other things, besides fabric, that the seamstress will need to create the garment…The second source of visual inspiration for this body of work is microscopic structures found inside the human body…The thesis work is about magnifying the focus on objects that we don't normally see because they are too small either in terms of their physical size or their significance… The relationship between two disparate objects was created and forced by the artist to enhance the understanding that design follows function on the cellular level."

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