TSU Gallery Alex Emmons “House & Garden”

Tarleton State University’s Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Gallery of Art proudly presents the second exhibition of the Spring 2017 semester, House & Garden by Oklahoma based artist Alex Emmons. The exhibit will be on view from February 1st through February 24.  As the title suggests, the work in the gallery represents the artist’s interest in the domestic space, something that has served as a theme in her work for many years.

The exhibition incorporates the cyanotype process, a 19th century photographic process that was the popular method for making “blueprints” for architectural designs.   Emmons would begin by applying iron oxide or ferrous oxide by spraying it on fabric in order to render a “photogram”.  In her statement, Emmons said, “I was exploring plants’ shadows and direct recording through photographic tools.  I wanted to see how the projected shadow and the direct placement of flora and inanimate objects upon the prepared paper and fabric presented the emotional and cultural on-goings within a living space”.  Viewers might recognize the outlines contained in the imagery from their own experiences and memories.  Although the images are missing detail and shown in monochromatic blue and white, Alex hopes the audience will be able to “relate to their own stories, cultural backgrounds as they interpret and relate to the life-size reproductions presented.”

Alex Emmons lives and works in Oklahoma City, OK where she continues her studio practice in photography. She received her BFA in Studio Art from Denison University and an MFA in Photography from Arizona State University. The series House & Garden has been exhibited across the U.S., including at the Visual Arts Center of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the MAINSITE Gallery in Norman, OK.  From 2012-2014, her work was part of the traveling exhibition Spinning Yarns: Photographic Story Tellers, which exhibited in six states throughout the country, including stops in Portland, Seattle, and San Antonio.

Alex will be presenting her work in a public brownbag lecture on Thursday, Febraury 23rd at 12pm in the Workshop Theater FA Room 103.  She will also be doing workshops with Design and Digital Media students earlier that day (the 23rd)  at 9:30 in room FA162, teaching how to make cyanotype photograms.

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