Artist Bridges Gap Between Art and Medicine Through Sculpture

Tuscaloosa. — The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History is pleased to presentKatie Adams, "Brain" (3 views), versatile plastic, 10 x 10 x 12 inches. Image courtesy of the artist. the master of arts thesis exhibition of Katie Adams, titled Space Between the Ears. The exhibition will be held March 21-31, 2019, at Harrison Galleries, in downtown Tuscaloosa. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, March 22 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the gallery.

Adams designs and builds sculptures that visually express the effects of neurological disorders on those afflicted as well as the people around them, both in form and through the media in which she works. “My sculptures examine the complications of neurological disorders. Each piece builds a perspective for viewers to experience simultaneously the breakdown of neurological systems as well as the disruption of function and communication.” She wants the experience of viewing her sculpture to bring a realization to the viewer that, as she says, “perspective can be distorted without materially changing objects.”

Adams works with metal, glass, ceramics and photography for the work in this exhibition. She explains, “Each brain model is different: with each disease the portions of the brain affected are either missing or made of glass instead of metal.” Adams hopes that by bridging the gap between art and medicine through her work, she will help people understand what is happening physically and mentally with neurological diseases.

Katie Adams is a graduate student in sculpture. Adams received the BA from Western Kentucky University in art with a concentration in sculpture. Her work has been included in numerous juried and group exhibitions including Height x Width x Depth (HWD) in Kettering, Ohio; 51st Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Corpus Christi, Texas, and 24th Annual Jack Lunt Memorial Juried Art Exhibition, Bowling Green, Ky. She demonstrated at the 2016 Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Convention (SOFA) in Chicago. Her work consists mostly of metal, wood and glass components. Adams says that she searches to understand and combine nature’s physical elements and systems with emotional connections.

Image credit: Katie Adams, Brain, versatile plastic, 10 x 10 x 12 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

A thesis exhibition is one of the requirements for the successful completion of the Master of Arts program in the UA Department of Art and Art History. For more information about The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History degree programs, visit our website.

Harrison Galleries, LLC, is located at 2315 University Boulevard in downtown Tuscaloosa. The hours of the UA Gallery are Monday through Friday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., and First Fridays of the month, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information call (205) 464-0054 or visit the website.