SALISBURY, MD---For centuries, body marking techniques have been used to express religious, magical or aesthetic significance.
Salisbury University delves into these symbols with the exhibit “Body Mapping,” hanging October 9-November 8 in the University Gallery of Fulton Hall. Two exhibit receptions will be held in conjunction with the "Ground Breaking Women" film series 6-8 p.m. Fridays, October 16 and November 6. Related gallery talks by art historian Ursula Ehrhardt are noon Wednesday, October 28 (brown bag lunch lecture) and 7 p.m. Thursday, November 5.
The exhibit is organized by Katharine T. Carter and Associates, featuring four nationally acclaimed artists: Kaethe Kauffman, Tina Blondell, Giedre Montvila and Eileen Senner.
Kauffman’s Muscle Movement Series focuses on simple surface markings that correspond with the complex muscle-tendon-joint-bone movements. Her hand-painted photographs compare the skin’s surface before and after the skin’s marking and study how muscles affect the individual.
Blondell’s portraits display contemporary women from historical, folkloric and mythological perspectives. Her artwork focuses on the interplay of light and dark elements as well as decorative motifs represented by full-body tattoos.
Montvila’s colored drawings of faces and bodies are inspired by the cosmetic and fashion advertising worlds. Her artwork is her inquiry into the media’s power to shape individual’s ideas of beauty and desire.
Senner’s works are inspired by the ancient Greeks’ vases and silhouetted figures. She uses oil glazes on wood panels to create images of radiance contrasted with darkness.
Sponsored by University Galleries, admission is free and the public is invited. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information call University Galleries at 410-548-2547 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.