Marie Bergstedt "Amendments" Solo Exhibition
For several years I have visually reconstructed memories, both of my family and of people I admire who were able to overcome great challenges. Most of my stories recall intense childhood experiences. Recently, however, I am also mining more-current events. All of my pieces portray people with whom I have a personal relationship. Almost always I work on a number of related images at the same time, envisioning them installed as a group. However, each piece also carries an individual story.
Sculptural images are built using both deconstructed and degenerating antique objects and new fiber, wire, and button work. The old and new unite to interpret a person and their episode in a contemporary art form. Buttons have become my symbol of previously "buttoned up" stories, now revealed.
Conceptually, the artworks spring from personal and, frequently, sad tales. However, the resulting visual is meant to connect viewers to their own experience, which is often happy or even hilarious. Whatever the reaction, my goal is that there will be something in my expression that relates universally. I welcome those who question: What? Why have you done this? How did you do it? What does the depicted person think of this? And then they say to me, 'Well,... here is my story and I am going to tell you what I think!'
Most recently, I have been working on a body of work based on snapshots I took at a family wedding. When I viewed the photos months after the event, characters and a story came to life beyond the traditional ceremonies. Several of the wedding pieces appear in this exhibit, including both dominant and colorful sculptural characters and those playing a more-contemplative background role.
And artist lecture will be held in the gallery on Thursday, February 26th at 2pm followed by an opening reception from 4:30 through 6:30 pm.
The Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery is located on the Campus of Coastal Carolina University in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Events are free and open to the public. The Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact, James Arendt, at 843-349-6409.
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