This September 7th the SRISA Gallery is very pleased to host the artist and SRISA President, Meredith Dean’s opening exhibition, “Silent Stanzas”. Dean’s work has been shown in many galleries and museums both nationally and internationally. A native of St. Louis MO, Dean currently resides in San Antonio Texas where she recently retired as a full-time faculty member at the University of Texas, (UTSA). A co-founder of Santa Reparata International School of Art, along with Dennis Olsen and Rebecca Olsen, Dean became the SRISA President in 2015.
“For many years my work has been inspired by my interest in both mapping (topographical, land, road, sky, magnetic flow patterns, earthquake fault lines, wind directions, cartographic projections, etc.) and the effects of natural forces (wind, weather, water, time, internal pressures, seasonal changes, etc.). The whole idea of attempting to capture the world as fixed with maps and data is confronted by the reality of constant natural changes. These opposing yet mutually dependent ideas influence the imagery that I use and the way that I think about creating my art.
There are two bodies of work in this exhibit. The “Lens Series” epoxy pieces are based on the lens forms used to create early maps. These forms were originally illustrated with engravings that were linked together to cover a round globe describing “reality”. The “Wind Code” relief print constructions are based on the infinite possibilities that exist in a simple design based on a wind map that attempts to describe changeability. Both of these visual forms use shifts of form and color to create a personal, investigative system to express the inter-changeable, constantly shifting poetic, visual symbols and signs with which we attempt to describe our world.”
Meredith Dean, 2017
September 07 – October 18 2017
mon-fri 10:00 am – 9:00 pm – free entrance
SRISA Gallery of Contemporary Art – Santa Reparata International School of Art
Via San Gallo 53r, 50129 Firenze