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Saints and Fairytales: Neo-Surreal Narrative Constructions

An artist from Columbia will be featured in the new exhibition to open on March 22 at The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art on the Central Methodist University campus in Fayette.

Titled "Saints and Fairytales: Found Objects by Lynn Graznak Saults," the exhibition will run from March 22 through May 7. Also being featured are "Highlights of the Collection A La Yancey." A reception for the artist will be held from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Sunday, March 27, in the gallery.

Gallery hours will be from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information or to arrange tours, contact Joe Geist at 660-248-6304 (Office) or 248-6324 (Gallery) or by email at: jegeist@centralmethodist.edu. The gallery is physically impaired accessible.

Saults is a fiber artist who works with a variety of materials and skills, crafting surreal and satirically humorous pieces using he sewing skills and knowledge of knitting, as well as myriad other skills she incorporates into her highly unusual art. Her work is three dimensional and often has an explicit written element or "lyric."

"I am currently exploring making art from the collision of disparate, even opposing elements: fiber, knitting, weaving, spinning, stitchery, several kinds of felting, printing [of] original photos on silks, beading and various sorts of construction in combination with original poetry or lyrics," she explains in an artist's statement.

"Humor and creativity come from collision " from two things that don't go together, and you just smash them together. The sacred, the profane, the beautiful, the ugly, the rust and thSaultse pearls, the little old lady doing needlework, the dark, crazy, wild woman voice," she adds, noting that she makes her art from the collision of opposing elements: "darkness and horror smacking into beauty ('NOT prettiness!') - fiber work, metal and wood colliding with poetry, biological reality dancing with fairytales and legends."

Saults' work has been displayed at numerous venues, including the July 2009, "Demented Little Rabbits," duo show with Fran Lakatos, at Cranky Yellow, St. Louis; Flax Gallery at Art Dimensions, St. Louis; Koken Art Factory, St. Louis; Tangent Gallery, Detroit, Mich.; the November 2009, "Danse Macabre III" in London and Nottingham, England; and numerous other shows, including several hosted by the Columbia Art League.

 

You can visit the tours for both the featured show and the permanent collection show on iTunes U. The permanent collection show is also located on CMU's YouTube channel.

 

 
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