Installations by M.E. Ware

Notes on History/Her Story

May 15 – June 20, 2002

  • Reception: Thursday, June 20, from 6 - 8 p.m. Gallery Lounge
  • Gallery Talk by M.E. Ware: Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m.

Parkland Art GalleryMichigan artist M.E. Ware, with her two installation pieces, will transform the Parkland Art Gallery. “Notes on History/Her story” is a viewer interactive installation. The work comments on the destruction and appropriation of the Celtic culture. The second installation entitled “Signal To Noise” utilizes the mechanics of an early viewing device, called a praxinascope, and instruments of “women’s” work to create an interactive experience for the viewer. A praxinascope is similar to the Zoetrope but had a series of mirrors in the center of the drum and the viewer watches the animation in the mirrors. “Signal To Noise” also acknowledges Celtic ritual, superstition, and lore.

With her installations M.E. Ware examine the relationship of history and memory within a visual and sculptural vocabulary. The interplay of subjective and objective is the goal of this body of work. In these pieces she blends authentic records and personal associations to create a new reading of an actual event. Ms Ware explains, “Through these installations I hope to ask my viewers to quest for a broader base of awareness, to add their own subjectivity to the piece, and further, to question how much memory alters an accurate representation of past events.”

Artist M.E. Ware is an Assistant Professor of Art and Chair of Photography at Central Michigan University. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture and Photography at the University of North Florida and her Master’s of Fine Arts at the University of South Florida’s Master of Fine Arts Program, in Tampa.