The University Art Gallery proudly presents Common Threads, an exhibition of work by
the University of the South’s graduating senior art majors: Elizabeth Bleynat, Catherine
Estes, Douglas Fout, Mary Margaret Johnson, Mary Perez, and MaryBeth Yancey.
Common Threads will open April 21 at 4:30 with a reception and brief remarks. The
artists will present their work formally on April 28, beginning at 9 a.m., in Convocation
With works created in diverse media, including analog and digital photography, painting,
and traditional fabric craft, Common Threads pursues understanding of difference and
the reconciliation of conflicting ideas and spheres. Douglas Fout’s photographs explore
modern humanity’s difficult connection to an inaccessible natural world, using
contrasting motifs of timelessness and modern technology to characterize this
relationship. Repurposing inherited materials with quilting and decorative stitching,
Elizabeth Bleynat’s textile pieces explore familial changes in the wake of loss. Catherine
Estes uses playful combinations of symbolic shapes and colors in her paintings to
interpret the emotions, memories, and dreams she associates with both physical and
metaphorical places. MaryBeth Yancey’s paintings evoke the study of natural history.
Gathering and recording details, Yancey uses her paintings to understand “inputs” from
both the world and her own internal landscape. Mary Perez’s photographs and
performance-generated materials focus on the Latinx experience in the United States,
challenging stereotypical narratives surrounding immigration and exploring the diversity
of experiences in America. Mary Margaret Johnson's portraits convey intimate
relationships with people from all over the world. Using platinum palladium printing, she
explores the difficult process of being intentionally vulnerable with others in order to
reach a place of intimacy.
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