2015 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence
In this exhibition, Lisa Bulawsky explores the idea of the integral accident, a concept that relates to the unintentional marks created during the printmaking process, but also to the inevitable catastrophes of world events. Using newsprint backing paper collected from her studio practice since 2001, Bulawsky creates a massive grid of accidental events – hollow squares, ghost prints, and dynamic, eruptive marks. Nearby, voices and music emanate from a speaker in a hollow square of benches, a formation used in the American singing tradition of Sacred Harp. Editions of a hand-printed book filled with arresting news images and text explore the intersection of personal and public histories.
Lisa Bulawsky is the 2015 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence at Hollins University. She is an associate professor of art at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is the director of Island Press.
Power and Restraint: a Feminist Perspective on Mormon Sisterhood
Roanoke artist Page Turner collects items of deep personal meaning to painstakingly create delicate objects that honor the feminine, and the desires, experiences, and roles of women. Raised as a devout Mormon, she looks to the Church and its complex history as inspiration. Her works are informed by the traditional hand-working skills that have been passed down through the generations. In this body of work, Turner explores the divide between righteousness within the faith and women’s personal power; with deep reverence, she pays homage to the original pioneer women of the Mormon Church, as well as the contemporary sisterhood.Turner has exhibited widely in the Roanoke area, in Washington, DC, and in Los Angeles as part of the group exhibition Oneira: I Dream the Self. She was the cover artist for Exponent II - Publishing the Experiences of Mormon Women since 1974, and has been featured in multiple issues of Studio Visit Magazine, blogs and other media.