Brooke P. Alexander, Marisa Andropolis, Hailey Hodge, Nicholas Ryan Meyer, Preston Tolbert, and Whitney Turnipseed will exhibit new paintings, sculptures and ceramics at Southside Gallery in June. The work will be on display June 4 – July 6. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Friday, June 14, 5 – 8 PM. The artists first met while earning Masters of Fine Arts degrees at The University of Mississippi.
Brooke P. Alexander’s oil paintings often feature interior spaces and human figures. Alexander describes her work as “reflections and explorations of the figure’s mind, providing a place for both their physical bodies and their thoughts to live. Ambiguous and fragmented, these paintings connect figure and space in an inseparable way.”
Marisa Andropolis uses color, opacity, obstruction, and framing to “veil and unveil” pieces of the human figure, “concealing parts of a perceived identity, while revealing an interiority of self.” Her oil paintings on multi-faceted, canvas boxes, are places where “multiple worlds or subjects reside” as well as “hidden, inner realities.”
Hailey Hodge, while residing in Italy, has created a single sculpture titled Gucci Garden. This piece is a hand knit tunic made of 100% Egyptian cotton, wound in Italy, made by an American, small batch dyed in Tuscan Yellow.
Nicholas Meyer uses “simple mechanical objects, such as bolts, gears, and roller chains as symbols of order.” Meyer says “I have found that for success to be present, failure is imminent and without chaos, order cannot exist.”
Preston Tolbert is a ceramicist, exploring functional and sculptural design. Tolbert incorporates basketry patterns on the surface of his pots, creating a connection to his family’s personal history with the craft. “I am using the language of basketry carved into the surface of clay to express human conditions including frailty, durability, repair, exigency, and reliability.”
Whitney Turnipseed is a mixed-media painter combining acrylic paint, McCall’s sewing patterns, found papers, and canvas to discuss society’s life lessons for the southern woman. Turnipseed uses the McCall’s sewing patterns and packaging to bring to life pieces of all of the women who directly influenced her sense of self. The bee personifies the passing of those life lessons from one generation to the next and across social groups. The maintenance and the destruction of multiple layers act as each new generation’s digestion of the former’s rules, extending some, changing many, and creating new ones.