“Bilateral” Exhibition Features Paintings of Life Partners

WHO & WHAT: Bilateral: Memory & Experience – Heather Whidden and Joshua Whidden MA Exhibition
WHEN: February 2-23, 2015 | RECEPTION: February 6, 4-7 pm (First Friday)
WHERE: Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Woods Hall, UA Campus

Heather Whidden, "Who Could Hang a Name on You" (detail)
Heather Whidden, “Who Could Hang a Name on You” (detail), clay, ceramic gauze, burlap, rocks, nails, metal shavings, mason stain, grog, saw dust and bamboo on wood panels, 8′ x 16′, image courtesy of the artist.

Bilateral: Memory & Experience

Heather Whidden and Joshua Whidden are investigating the abstract landscapes of memory and experience. Through very different media, they both explore how moments in time can be visually and physically represented.

Heather uses materials such as clay, nails and rust to create a metaphorical topography that represents human existence and memory. Layers have amassed to signify the past. The viewer is experiencing the present moment, either witnessing decay or an ongoing evolution of the work.

Joshua’s paintings explore the idea of memory and experience as being a cumulative process. Through the accumulation of paint layers, his 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.

Joshua Whidden, "elemental," oil on canvas.
Joshua Whidden, “elemental,” oil on canvas, 64 x 92″, image courtesy of the artist.

This exhibition is supported by the UA Department of Art and Art History. Located in 109 Woods Hall, the Sella-Granata Art Gallery features exhibitions of student work and visiting artists. In the fall of 2009, the gallery was named in honor of two long-time UA art professors: the late Alvin Sella and the late Angelo Granata. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information and to see our exhibition schedule, go

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