Artist lecture: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 1:15 pm., at the Staerkel Planetarium
Gallery reception: Thursday, Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Gallery talk by Teresa Dunn at 6:30 pm
Music by Lanterna
"Cover the Waterfront," is a solo exhibition of paintings by Michigan-based artist Teresa Dunn.
A Mexican American raised in southern Illinois, Dunn creates images influenced by her experience of feeling suspended between two cultural heritages. Her body of work in the gallery features circular paintings used to symbolize islands, landmasses that are simultaneously protected and isolated. Imagery in the work conjures up conflicting ideas of protection and escape, such as a sense of home mixed with a longing for a journey afar.
"These circular paintings are like miniature islands that encompass the life of my invented female protagonist and her small world," Dunn explained. "The circle, saturated color, and pattern allow me to explore metaphors for isolation and belonging, boundaries and openness, hope and hopelessness, home and homeland. Expansive waters separate and connect here from there, yesterday from tomorrow, and a woman and her island from the moon."
Dunn is an associate professor of painting at Michigan State University who has shown her work extensively, including recent solo exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), the Hiestand Gallery at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), First Street Gallery (New York, New York), and the Hooks-Epstein Galleries (Houston, Texas). She earned her Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Missouri State University.