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MEMPHIS — The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University announces two exhibitions opening on January 11. “Labor” will feature works by Katie Maish in the main gallery, and “Forge, Cast, Fabricate” includes recent works by apprentices and staff artists at the Metal Museum in the gallery foyer. A public reception for the artists will be held on Friday, January 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibitions will run through February 13.
Katie Maish is a Memphis-based artist and is currently an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis; she also serves as co-editor of Number:, the independent journal of the arts. Maish documents women’s work by referencing or creating space it is asked not to consume. In her recent work, paper-cut maps suggest weight and permanence in the (largely masculine) tradition of exploring and conquering territory, but the organic, womb-like basins formed in the work – as well as the intuitive process in which they are made – subvert standard mapping conventions with delicacy and an intentional lightness.
Maish says that the artwork in “Labor” maps the journey from the first day she and her husband met their fertility doctor in 2013 to present day, along with the ever-evolving issues and concerns associated with raising a child and being a mother. “Ex-voto collage work gives me an opportunity to process the emotionally and physically difficult IVF experience with an intentionally silly, funny response that both heals me and expresses gratitude to my physicians,” she explains. “Paper-cut portraits of women are similarly meant to show gratitude and uncover my profound disbelief in how long it took me — exactly 39 years — to fully understand how much I took the women in my life and their tireless work for granted (after making this work, I am still equally astonished). Pushing this idea beyond my family to the invisible labor that most women perform, my paper-cut maps imbue critical weight and mass to basins meant to imply serving bowls and wombs. And, looking to the sky, my most recent Pinwheel Galaxy work explores the chaotic, scary and ultimately loving relationship that I share with my son, Jack.”
“Forge, Cast, Fabricate” has become an annual tradition at the Ross Gallery, offering the apprentices and staff artists at the Metal Museum an opportunity to exhibit their own work. Apprentices Elizabeth Belz, Kacy Ganley, and Cassi Rebman are featured — along with the Museum’s staff artists Stephanie Bray, Kevin Burge, Eva Langsdon, Jim Masterson, Jeannie Tomlinson Saltmarsh, and James Vanderpool — in this year’s exhibition.
The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery is located on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library in the center of the CBU campus on the Buckman Quadrangle, easily accessible from the Central Avenue parking lot. All exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact gallery director Cat Peña at (901) 321-3243 or firstname.lastname@example.org — or visit cbu.edu/gallery.