Earthly is not a landscape show as the title might imply, but more about the body, our terrestrial selves, and the sensual. The themes of Earthly were originally determined in a pre-pandemic world, but as COVID-19 took over, these themes became more pronounced. Nature infuses the works in the exhibition, but the notion of Earthly upends common ideas of nature or landscape as a world out there to be mined, discovered or preserved. Earthly’s themes of regeneration and renewal hold out hopeful messages for our students, who, inherit a climate crisis they didn’t create but must nevertheless fix.
The artists in Earthly cycle through, tend to, revisit and renegotiate materials, even returning to remake or reconfigure the same piece again and again. In this way, they speak to the flexibility and openness to process that we all are called to embrace in these uncertain times.
Artists: Julie Evans, Laleh Khorramian, Meg Lipke, Odessa Straub and Tamara Zahaykevich
Co-curated by Associate Professor of Art Susan Meyer and Esther Massry Gallery Manager Erin Sickler.