Original Artworks by Sylvie Green, Christina Lorena Weisner, Heather Bryant, and Manuela Mourão, Ph.D.
(en)closure features the work of four artists exploring the concept of being caught, or trapped, or enclosed in particular ways to make meaning of recent historical events.
Beginning with the root word of enclosure, Sylvie Green finds closure from a bad break-up through the assemblage of small gifts from an ex-boyfriend that convey the theme both in their structure and as part of Green’s self-imposed enclosure in an unhealthy relationship.
Christina Lorena Weisner’s sculptural work references geological lines drawn from the artist’s home in the Outer Banks to the other intertidal zones. By soliciting samples of sand from around the world and collaboratively creating works of art, she hopes to create newfound connections between the landscape, the individual, and the public during the current pandemic when geographical lines are often used as radical and economic divides.
For the past decade, Heather Bryant has methodically worked in sketchbooks as a daily ritual to investigate thematic content, explore materials, and therapeutically digest the stimuli from the outside world. The enclosed environment of the sketchbook helps her to process thoughts about the ideas of closeness and connection (or lack thereof) during the pandemic.
Dr. Mourão addresses the systems that alienate us from social injustice and exploitation through an assemblage sculpture and mixed media painting and collage. Her art tells the story of the COVID-19 virus, Black Americans recently murdered by police, the demonstrations occasioned by the murder of George Floyd, and the other images to allude to the central tensions in our society.
The Arts@ODU Summer Series was developed to facilitate community connections through free, accessible programming, to highlight the strength and resilience of the arts at ODU, and to lift spirits during this challenging time.