Steckline Gallery will present “Second Sight” by Karen Cox during a First Friday exhibition from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 3 at Newman University.
“Second Sight” will be on display Jan. 26-Feb. 23. An artist talk, which includes a discussion with the artist, will take place Feb. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
Cox creates a combination of sculpture and installation work that displays small, whimsical elements. Through her artwork, she encourages viewers to embrace their “childlike freedom and choose to see the magic in everything.”
“I make many choices to accentuate or play down different aspects of my work. So while I use dead bugs, considered gross to many people, I choose to see more than gross bugs. I hope you choose to as well,” Cox said.
She hopes her viewers will delight in the aesthetic work she has prepared and lean into their curiosity, wonder and imagination.
“Dung beetles lay eggs in excrement, mushrooms turn decay to beauty and the dragonfly exists at the peril of the mosquito,” Cox said. “My focus is on small things, small wonders, but there is something marvelous to find in everything — even if you must look very closely to find it.”
Through her work, Cox realized the art represents herself more than any other project of her artistic career.
“Every process I utilized, the subject matter, the content; even the gallery for this show tie into the narrative of my life,” Cox added. “I hope you enjoy my show and can continue to choose to see the magic in everything.”
The Steckline Gallery is located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus, 3100 McCormick. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or by appointment.
For more information, email gallery director Shannon Johnston at [email protected].
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