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Paintings, 'Spirit Houses' to be displayed at FMU, Feb. 22-April 7

“Beginnings,” paintings by Anya Belkina, and “Spirit Houses” by Carol Owens will be on display as part of Francis Marion University’s Art Gallery Series, Feb. 22 through  April 7.

The exhibits are open to the public, free of charge, and may be viewed between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Hyman Fine Arts Center galleries.

“The central motif of ‘Beginnings’ is the Russian nesting doll, or matreshka,” said Belkina. “Leveraging the toy’s inherent theme of propagation, parenthood and sacrifice, the pieces explore the dangerous mutations and ironic reversals of family relationships. In addition to referencing female forms, the images can be interpreted more broadly as visual metaphors for cyclical processes common to all matter; they speak of birth, development, decay, death, and regeneration.”

Belkina is an assistant professor of drawing and painting at Duke University.

“My Spirit Houses tell family stories that celebrate the people, places and events important to us,” said Owens. “The house image represents shelter, family and memories of home. These Spirit Houses are shrines to such memories. They make sacred those shards of the past that have made us what we are.

“I construct each house individually with Japanese rice paper, foam core, and my own handmade paper,” she added. “I then paint them and embellish them with photographs and objects chosen to tell the stories that make up the rituals and ceremonies of our lives.”

Owens lives and works in Pittsboro, N.C. Her recent publication, “Crafting Personal Shrines,” is available through Lark Books.

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Last Published: February 11, 2005 8:37 AM
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