Eva G. Farris Art GalleryLess Likely Landscape
By: Tracy Featherstone
The “Less Likely Landscape” exhibition is inspired by the concept of garden, landscape, and sculpture in Asian culture. The exhibition includes mixed media sculpture and live plant elements that intertwine to make the work presented in the show.
A recent trip to Asia (China, India and Nepal) provoked me to reconsider the popular western idea of “interactive sculpture”. South Asian sculptural works are placed in the midst of everyday life and meant to be viewed, touched, and contemplated on a regular basis. People bring flowers and colored powder to the sculptures on their way to the intended destination.
The sculptures are a symbol of democracy in the way that every citizen is welcome to interact and touch them. These works embody meaning and devotion.
The exhibition features reference to the Stupa mounds as well as the gold leaf that was often applied to monuments showing a trace of the human touch and interaction.
The plants are collaborators with the built environments and reflect on the ideals of Chinese landscape paintings and cultivated gardens as a location for fantasy and reflection. The plants bring a current tense to the centuries old artifacts the sculpture is referring. They are alive and unpredictable in their search for the ideal surroundings.
Featherstone is a Professor at Miami University in Oxford Ohio. She lives and makes artwork in a mansion in Hamilton, Ohio. Featherstone has taught art in 3 different continents and was recently an artist in residence at the Meetfactory in Prague, Czech Republic. Her work is based in drawing but most often takes a multidimensional form. Current works explore and perhaps even collaborate with landscape and nature. In May 2016 an interactive work by Featherstone will be included in the Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati's UnMuseum exhibition.
Art Gallery History
On June 21, 2007, Thomas More College unveiled the naming of the new Art Gallery as the "Eva G. Farris Art Gallery." Over 150 friends attended the celebration, which was a surprise to the honoree as part of the annual Thomas More College Foundation Event. After the unveiling, friends dined in the Thomas More Library and had an opportunity to tour the Gallery where a student exhibit was on display.
"For some individuals, giving of their time and resources comes naturally. Eva Farris is one of these special individuals," said Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, former president of Thomas More College. "She not only gives financial support to numerous organizations, but she serves as a committed and passionate volunteer throughout the community."
A portrait of Eva Farris, painted by Thomas More graduate, Taylor Stephenson '07, hangs on the entry wall of the Gallery. Ms. Stephenson is one of two Thomas More art graduates whose work was selected in a national competition to be displayed at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.