Opening Monday at TSU Gallery – Valerie Powell

Valerie Powell When you were Home Acrylic & ink on Shrinky Dink 8.5” x 11” 

The Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Gallery is proud to present its first exhibition of the 2017/18 season.  Valerie Powell’s solo exhibition, Civil Wars features new drawings & sculptures as well as a site specific wall installation created specifically for the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Gallery, containing imagery & forms inspired by conflict. Continuing to investigate the complexities of the human condition, Powell’s new work reflects upon memories of personal tension/internal conflict as well as our growing national/global unrest while maintaining a playful artifice. The exhibition will be on display from August 28 – September 22nd.

Powell’s art making practice is centered around Shrinky-Dinks {a sort of magical shrinkable plastic material} which has the ability to evolve from a thin two dimensional sheet of plastic into a three dimensional object that takes up space once heat is introduced. This plastic material is put through intense stress; it contorts, shrinks, melts and folds into itself, only then to rebound and emerge as something new and stronger. This material has allowed Powell’s work to investigate what it means to be human, be under stress & what it means to recover.

Valerie Powell  earned her MFA  from Washington State University and a MA & BFA from Stephen F. Austin State University. Her work has been widely exhibited across the US & abroad, at venues that include: Lawndale Art Center {Houston, TX}; Blackfish Gallery {Portland, OR}; The Ogden Museum {New Orleans, LA}; Gallery 50 {Toronto, Canada}; The Can Serrat International Art Center {El Bruc, Spain} and La Porte Peinte Centre for the Arts {Noyers sur Serein, France}. Valerie currently resides in Huntsville, Texas where she has serious fun teaching & coordinating the WASH {Workshop in Art Studio + History} foundations program at Sam Houston State University.

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