September 16-October 30, 2023
Reception: Saturday Sept. 16 | 5-7 PM
MFA Gallery | Hite Institute of Art + Design
1616 Rowan St Louisville, KY
“Recent Relics” features artworks by Sarah Jane Castellon, Alana Fitzgerald, Stephanie Laporte Ferrer, and Drew Scanlon. This exhibition highlights the recent work of the new MFA cohort at the Hite Institute of Art and Design and introduces multidisciplinary work demonstrating the spectrum of art making from two-dimensional to three-dimensional, functional to formal.
Drew Scanlon’s intimate art expresses human desires such as sex, love, romance, belonging, and connection. Ceramic is their medium of choice due to its ability to resemble flesh and the meditative touch required to create, allowing them to process emotions. Their erotic work instills feelings such as longing, desire, struggle, and exhaustion.
Sarah Jane Castellon’s works represent the scope of her design background and exploration of natural fibers to mixed media. From home textiles to wearable garments, this selection of work embodies her commitment to environmentally conscious, thoughtfully sourced materials and their transformation into beloved objects.
Stephanie Laporte Ferrer’s pieces aim to encapsulate the catharsis the artist feels while creating the art. While the media and style can fluctuate, the overall purpose of the works is the same: invoke emotion, advocate for deep thought, and create a space for the dark and strange.
Alana Fitzgerald works in different media, using painterly abstraction as a starting point and portal into spaces of natural and supernatural evocation. Bright colors invite the viewer into a safe space to contemplate more serious ideas of environmental collapse, fragmentation, and the place of nature-based ritual in the digital age.