A UMPI art student will exhibit her ceramic work


The University of Maine at the Reed Art Gallery of Près Isle presents MOR-PHOL-O-GY, new sculptures by Brianna Gerrish, between October 15 and November 19.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The University of Maine at the Reed Art Gallery of Près Isle presents MOR-PHOL-O-GY, new sculptures by Brianna Gerrish, between October 15 and November 19.

Gerrish, who grew up in northern Maine, graduated magna cum laude from UMPI in 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic Arts. Upon graduation, she received the University’s Fine Arts Talent Award and Art History Scholar Award. She also received the Robert Wanbaugh Memorial Art Award, which allows for the purchase of a work of art by a UMPI graduate student to become part of the University’s permanent art collection. The 22 sculptures in the exhibition are the culmination of Gerrish’s thesis work.

“The Reed Gallery does not normally exhibit student work,” said gallery director Frank Sullivan, “but Brianna is an exceptional artist and the body of work she has produced is quite special and, in form and content, shows an artistic maturity that far exceeds what one would expect of a BFA candidate I wanted to share the work with as many people as possible and the Reed Gallery space allows for viewing optimum of nearly two dozen pieces.

MOR-PHOL-O-LOGY’s ceramic sculptures explore the universal of nature through forms whose graceful and curvilinear forms seem to be products of nature itself, each with its own character, personality and style. vital force. The sculptures are composed of a variety of earthy colors, both warm and cool, similar to those found in the natural world. Their surfaces, the product of the artist’s fearless adherence to the often unpredictable nature of the glazing and firing process, proudly display irregularities and imperfections, which appear not as blemishes, but as the scars of ‘a courageous life subject to the forces of the natural world. and which belie the grace and beauty inherent in every object. As Kahlil Gibran said, “Out of suffering came the strongest souls; the most massive characters are marked with scars.

“The work exemplifies my own unique language of form, inspired by nature and animism in a synthesis of spirituality and science. The sculptures evoke the dualities of chaos and order, pattern and variance, foreign and familiar, real and imagined, living and inanimate, as well as internal and external worlds. Balancing between each binary, the work captures the visual, material and spiritual composition that unites us all as one in nature,” the artist said.

MOR-PHOL-O-LOGY will be on display at the Reed Art Gallery until November 19. Due to the University of Maine’s current system mandates for COVID-19 safety, the gallery, like all buildings on campus, will only be open at the university. students, faculty and staff. There will be a maximum of eight people allowed in the Gallery at a time. The opening hours of the gallery are: Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Reed Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Center for Innovative Learning. Since community members cannot see the show in person, the gallery will be posting photos from the show on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/reedartgallery.

For more information, please contact Frank Sullivan, Director of the Reed Art Gallery, at [email protected] or 207-694-1920.

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Kayleen C. Rice