Box Office Gallery
Center for Performing Arts
Mary Beth Koszut
The need to balance desires and responsibilities can be seen as one constant chaotic event. Through grace and perseverance, balance is often achieved until a situation or circumstance inevitably causes an element of collapse. This seeming failure, however, is only one aspect of the dichotomous nature of life.
My artwork strives to investigate the curiosity of continual contradiction that encompasses the growth process. I explore how paths seem impassable, yet we traverse them. How we constantly depend and interact with one another, yet often feel alone. How we are able to simultaneously build and collapse.
Enamored with the expressive qualities of mark-making, imagery in this work is repeatedly overlapped and removed. This process is analogous to building upon successes and letting go of unfortunate life events. The resulting unexpected passages of color and shape, compile environments of chaotic energy and balance.
The elements in each piece are inspired by the forest environment. Abstracted branches, roots, and rocks appear as linear and circular shapes. These elements metaphorically represent individuals in search of physical, emotional, and spiritual stability. Their interdependence on one another for support, to achieve a precarious balance, is evident. Pushing and forming one another as they struggle, unable to transcend their environment, they achieve a fragile stability, which at any moment, could collapse.
Bonfire at Midnight
A shout comes out of my
where I’ve been cooped
After all my lust and
I can still live with
You want me to.
You fix and bring me
You forget the way I’ve
The ocean moves and
surges in the heat
of the middle of the day,
in the heat of this
thought I’m having.
Why aren’t all human
burning up with this
It is a drum and arms
It is a bonfire at
midnight on the top edge of a hill,
this meeting again with
The Skylight Gallery in the Library at Governors State University and
OBJECT POETRY invited participants to pair an object with a poem for
display from February 20 - May 20, 2017. By using ordinary objects
presented in specific ways and paired with text, the viewer is given a puzzle
to solve and a world to create or discover.
Among the multitude of species on planet Earth, humans take the lead in
collecting and considering objects, followed closely by the packrat, the
bower bird, and crows. Although utility is often the motivation for our
collection of objects, memory associations, aesthetic considerations, and
emotional resonance are typically the driving forces that cause us to
cherish our precious things. These associative qualities connecting objects
to our humanity are often best expressed through poetry, and so the
OBJECT POETRY exhibition was conceived.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April
To find out more about the ceramics classes at GSU contact Leanne Cambric email@example.com