This exhibition is made possible thanks to support from the Natalie Marcus Endowment for the Arts.
M-F, 9-5 p.m.
or by appointment
Curator: Michele L'Heureux
Above left: Blue (detail), 2011
Below left: Intueri (detail), 2011
Jan. 12 - March 2, 2012
Naoe Suzuki's psychologically complex works on paper reference imagery from circus animals and water to medical abnormalities and scientific technology. These highly detailed and meticulously executed works are created in mineral pigment and graphite, and the effects are a feast for the senses.
Suzuki's series Blue was created while she was at a residency at Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondacks, where she was able to swim in a lake every day. There, she experienced the cleansing and renewing power of water, and she also began thinking a lot about the terrible condition of water throughout the world. In her paintings, the water is contaminated with debris, organs, cells, bottles, antiquated machinery, and more, all in exquisite hand-drawn detail.
Another recent series, Intueri, the Latin word for "to look inside," is the result of an intuitive process of drawing that begins with one or two small images of intestines or organs drawn with a fine-point pen. The images grow from there into microcosmic worlds that are dense with intestines, organs, and plant forms, inviting the viewer to "look inside" this complex world.
Suzuki holds an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work has been exhibited widely throughout New England and beyond, including the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Mass., Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York, and Sarah Doyle Gallery at Brown University. She serves as Senior Program Coordinator for the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis's International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life.
Opening ReceptionThursday, Jan. 26, 5-7:30 p.m.
Artist's Slide TalkTuesday, Feb. 14, 12:30 p.m.
WSRC lecture hall
Introduction to Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 12:30p.m.
with screening of "Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict"
WSRC lecture hall