Our inter-disciplinary research group intends to collaborate together toward the creation of new artworks that are generated through a thoughtful investigation of themes relating to memory, loss, and longing. Our goals include visits to selected museum exhibitions and site research at yet to be determined locations (with possibilities of the United State, Japan, and/or South America). After our initial investigations, we will return to our studios and begin work on a new body of creative work in our respective fields (ceramics and textiles). Our meetings throughout the summer will be of a conversation/critique nature as we move toward conclusion of new works. We plan to exhibit all or portions of the LARC projects in the fall of 2012 in the Art Building student art gallery or the Ford Hall installation gallery. Exchange between the ceramics and textile studio areas among faculty and student participants will be highly encouraged.
Professor Brewer-Wallin will work with the deconstruction and construction of historic garments while exploring the relationship of our intended themes (memory, loss, and longing) as it relates to clothing. Visual research (site-specific, and library based), hand and machine sewing, and working with a variety of art materials are some of the ways a student might generate work on this collaborative project.
Professor Heidi Preuss Grew will use memory, loss, and longing as a spring board for new ceramic figurative works that interact within an environment and/or groupings. A student could consider either vessel work or hand building techniques to pursue their own artistic outcomes.