Photography, multi-media installation featured in upcoming Coe art exhibits

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-08-31 09:22:42 - General

The Coe College opening art exhibit of the 2017-18 academic year will feature photography in "cypress" by Sarah Sense and a multi-media installation entitled "Unusual Place" by Fidencio Fifield-Perez, which is inspired by his own life as a Mexican immigrant. An opening reception will be held in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition, Fifield-Perez will present a gallery talk during the opening reception at 6 p.m.

The exhibitions will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium from Saturday, Sept. 9 through Saturday, Oct. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.  All of the events are free and open to the public.

More detailed information about the exhibits is as follows:

"cypress" by Sarah Sense

"cypress" by Sarah Sense features diptychs that are significantly influenced by her Native American heritage. These large double-paneled artworks morph the designs of traditional objects with landscape imagery, while juxtaposing text with 21st-century digital photography techniques.

Sense is a visual artist who uses digital photographic processes to create two- and three-dimensional works that are primarily executed through weaving images that integrate journals, familial archives, landscape photography and found imagery.

She earned a BFA from California State University-Chico and her MFA from Parsons the New School for Design in New York. A past director and curator of the American Indian Community House Gallery in New York, Sense has exhibited her works in the U.S. and internationally.

“home” by Sarah Sense
"home" by Sarah Sense

"Unusual Place" by Fidencio Fifield-Perez

“Barn Quilt” by Fidencio Fifield-Perez
"Barn Quilt" by Fidencio Fifield-Perez

"Unusual Place" is an exhibition of Fifield-Perez’s multi-media installation artworks that are inspired by his own biography. Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Fifield-Perez arrived in the United States as a young child with his parents, who were hoping for a better life for their family.  He eventually earned his master's degree and MFA from the University of Iowa in 2015.

Today, his works refer to young, undocumented immigrants and the "debate over borders, edges and the people who must traverse through them." In his art, Fifield-Perez manipulates paper, surfaces and maps to refer to the crafts and customs taught to him as a toddler in Oaxaca - ones used to celebrate festivals and to mourn the dead. For Fifield-Perez, these techniques are a way to reconnect with a time and place no longer present.

The artist has recently exhibited his work at the Smithsonian, the Cleveland Museum of Art and at the International Print Center in New York. In addition, he has held solo exhibitions in Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri and Maryland.

Fifield-Perez has been selected as the fall 2017 Kocher Visiting Artist, which is generously funded by the Joan and Robert Kocher Fund for the Visual Arts.

For more information on the exhibits, call 319-399-8000.