Heather Whidden and Josh Whidden will exhibit their artwork at the University of Alabama Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center beginning Friday, June 19. “always here to your there,” will feature paintings and installations by two artists who are enrolled in the MFA program in studio art at The University of Alabama and who are also married to each other. A reception will be held July 10, 5-7 pm and the exhibition will remain open through July 27.

Both Whiddens explore themes of memory and experience, but through different media. Heather Whidden uses materials such as clay, nails and rust to create what she describes as “a metaphorical topography that represents human existence and memory. Layers have amassed to signify the past. The viewer experiences the present moment, either witnessing decay or an ongoing evolution of the work.” Joshua Whidden’s oil on canvas paintings explore the idea of memory and experience as a cumulative process. He writes, “Through the accumulation of paint layers, this work offers a metaphorical representation of the way in which memories constantly build upon one another. This eventually manifests to become a screen of experience.”

For more about the experience, read the UA News release here.

Class critiquiing work by Heather Leigh Whidden; painting by Joshua Whidden in background, in Bilateral; Memory & Experience, 2015, Sella-Granata Art Gallery.  Paintings by Joshua Whidden in Bilateral; Memory & Experience, 2015, Sella-Granata Art Gallery.

Painting by Josh Whidden in Heather & Josh Whidden, Always There To Your Here, DWCAC Work by Heather Whidden in Heather & Josh Whidden, Always There To Your Here, DWCAC Josh Whidden Heather Whidden Heather Whidden, "Who Could Hang a Name on You" (detail) Joshua Whidden, "elemental," oil on canvas, 64 x 92", image courtesy of the artist.