Artists Kathleen Caprario and Marissa Solini are featured artists in the exhibit “Patterns of Change” in the Art Gallery, Feb. 17 to March 10.
The art department provided the following information about the exhibit.
Caprario’s mixed-media works look to exterior spaces, echoing patterns of seasons, human interaction with nature and movement through space. Caprario refers to these pieces as “wallpaper,” stating that “one’s surrounding landscape, much like wallpaper in one’s home, is an important but often overlooked environmental influence.”
These images are also part map, conveying the experience of walking in a dense forest through layers of stenciled leaves and stems.
Meanwhile, Solini’s oil paintings trace patterns within the domestic sphere. Using the apron as a symbol that mirrors patterns of life, she archives daily activities of its user. Showing the aprons hanging — before or after their use — she carefully articulates the folds and pattern disruption.
The works by these two artists may appear disparate on the surface. However, upon closer inspection, one discovers they hold together visually and conceptually by the use of repeating patterns — the use of color, pattern, and shape –, and their social, aesthetic, and environmental influence and feminine identity.
Caprario is an artist and educator who came to the Pacific Northwest from New York City. Her works have been exhibited nationally. Caprario has received an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Arts Fellowship and the Modesto Lanzo Award. She has also been awarded residencies at Ucross Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Morris Graves Foundation and Playa. She currently teaches in the Fine Art Departments at Lane Community College and Oregon State University.
Solini was born and raised in San Francisco by a family of artists. She works in a range of art media focusing on issues of sexuality, women’s issues and racial injustice. Solini is a recent graduate from Oregon State University with a BFA in Fine Art. She continues to work at OSU in the Theater Department.
A reception with the artists will be held Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 5 to 6:30 pm.
The Art Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during special events at Centerstage Theater.
The Art Gallery is located on UCC’s campus in the Whipple Fine Art Building. •