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Thought-provoking exhibit coming to Laredo College

  

 Berrie poster

The thriving art scene in downtown Laredo continues to attract hundreds of art lovers to the different venues where various art forms are on display for the public to enjoy.

 

Laredo College is fortunate to be home to one of these spaces, the Martha Fenstermaker Memorial Visual Arts Gallery. Located inside the Visual and Performing Arts Building at the historic Ft. McIntosh Campus, the gallery has become a hub for creative expression and has housed dozens of student, faculty and nationally renowned artist exhibits.

 

The latest body of work to make its residency at our gallery will be artist Stephanie Rae Berrie’s exhibit, “The Revival of the Bodily Dysfunction.” The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Berrie is the senior lab associate of the printmaking lab at the University of Cincinnati and a part-time print professor. Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, her visually compelling works of art capture the eye and take the imagination for a wild ride.

 

“I question what it means to have a body and how we occupy the bodies we have,” she explains in her artist statement. “These pieces make tangible the physical and psychological sensations I feel within my body and describe the relationship I have with it. I feel a dissociation with my body that is explored here through organic materials and imagery, which serve as metaphors for the emotional and physical matter beneath my skin.”

 

Berrie combines different forms of printmaking – lithography with silkscreen, silkscreen with intaglio, intaglio with lithography and more – as well as printmaking with sculpture or painting to keep her work in a fluid state. Each work has a body all of its own, laced with distinct memories, experiences and sensations.

 

The artist said that her pieces come from more than pushing the boundaries of what we consider socially “normal.” Although inspired by the work of many fellow artists, Berrie is heavily influenced by nature, human relationships and the environments in which they live.

 

She describes her work as ever changing, which allows it to move and exist through different media and reminds her of people’s ephemerality and infinite potential for growth. 

 

“My work questions what it means to have a body, as well as what it means to live in a world surrounded by other bodies,” she added.

 

The artwork will be on display until Friday, April 24. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

For additional information, contact the Visual and Performing Arts Department at (956) 721-5224.