Opening in the TSU Gallery this Monday: Rebecca Drolen

This January and February, the Department of Fine Arts will be hosting the exhibition entitled Hairpieces by Rebecca Drolen at the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Gallery.  Rebecca Drolen is a lens based artist whose work explores portraiture and constructed narratives. Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions on a national and international level, notably, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Texas Tech University, and the Theory of Clouds Gallery in Kobe, Japan. Drolen has had work published in several magazines such as the Huffington Post, Hi-Fructose, and has a piece held in the permanent collection at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Rebecca received her MFA from Indiana University and currently resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Arkansas.

The series Hair Pieces explores the fickle relationship most have with their body hair. We consider some hair very desirable and grow and groom it with care, while we treat other hair as shameful and cover or remove it. Once hair has become disconnected from our bodies, we treat it with disgust, yet it has an archival, lasting presence that outlives the body and defies death and decay. In regards to her work, Rebecca states:I am interested in the line between the beautiful and the grotesque in our connection with hair. I am intrigued by the rules that guide our ideas and self-image in relation to our tresses. In the work, I use photography and the self-portrait as a medium to construct narratives that function both as visual puns and, at times, as social critique. I hope to use the beautiful alongside the repulsive in these images to tell stories of growth and removal as they examine a surreal relationship between hair and its place.”

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