The Sunshine Bores | The Daylights included in Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy at University Galleries in Normal, IL

February 5, 2017

Installation View, Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy, Kay Rosen (Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing) and Dawn Roe (The Sunshine Bores | The Daylights). Image Credit: Juan Fernandez

I’m late to add this to the “News” section of my website, but am pleased to have been included in this exhibition, curated by Kendra Paitz, last fall at The University Galleries at Illinois State University. A catalog is forthcoming, and I look forward to sharing that news in the coming months. About the exhibition, Paitz writes:

Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy features work by contemporary female artists that acknowledge or reference women writers. The exhibition’s title is derived from a sentence Sylvia Plath underlined in her copy of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, and that Stephanie Brooks later appropriated for a text-based artwork. These multiple layers of mediation are integral to all of the included works. The exhibition features 34 works by 21 artists inspired by writers Octavia Butler, A. S. Byatt, María Elena Cruz Varela, Emily Dickinson, Zora Neale Hurston, Clarice Lispector, Gabriela Mistral, Toni Morrison, Alejandra Pizarnik, Mary Shelley, Rebecca Solnit, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Plath, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Virginia Woolf.

As a tribute to Woolf’s foundational essay “A Room of One’s Own,” all the artists selected for Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy are female in order to focus the interpretation of literature through the lenses of subsequent generations of artists. The works in the exhibition demonstrate the political and creative progress of feminism, examine writers’ intellectual pursuits, navigate their status as literary icons, and interpret their legacies. They also engender an intimate and sustained contemplation of texts—a cerebral, analytical pursuit whose future is threatened by a culture that favors sound bites, hashtags, and 140-character tweets.

A catalogue is forthcoming in 2017 featuring texts by exhibition curator Kendra Paitz, art historian Melissa Johnson, poet/artist Cecilia Vicuña, and artists Xaviera Simmons, Kay Rosen, Deborah Willis, and Marcelline Delbecq.”

Find out more, and view additional installation images at the link below:


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