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
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.