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Monday, January 23, 2017
Bodies of Light (Whetsell Exhibit), Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery
Artworks by Meagan Burns illustrate critical perspectives on social structures in relation to the natural world. She incorporates the products of everyday human life with found detritus from outdoor wanderings. The juxtaposition of these disparate materials highlights our relationship to the world around us and brings together aesthetic qualities unique to both the natural and the synthetic.
As an English major, she returns again and again to the concepts presented by writers, such as Emerson and Thoreau, of the Transcendentalist movement and the Romantic era. The way in which they look to nature to understand their surroundings, and themselves, has greatly impacted her world and the way she interprets it. The natural world, according to Emerson, can explain the human condition. Burns’ artworks reflect how humanity, while still an entity of the natural world, utilizes materialism as a medium of an explanation of themselves. In doing so, she attempts to show just as Emerson did in his poem “The Prairies”,  that mankind not only exemplifies nature, but contributes back to its progressions and processes over time.
For example, she makes installations from clear packaging tape and elements found from the earth, such as moss and twigs. In a certain piece, she combines these elements to create a composition of the human condition, meanwhile juxtaposing the two materials.
Teszler & Robicsek Collections of Hungarian Paintings, Sandor Teszler Library Gallery
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Faculty/Staff Yoga, Anna Todd Wofford Center
Faculty/Staff Yoga in Anna Todd during January.  Please bring your own mat.