Edgewood College Gallery Presents DIS/CLOSURE

  • Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013

Edgewood College Gallery Presents DIS/CLOSURE

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Madison, Wis. (October 30, 2013) – DIS/CLOSURE: Visualizing Chronic Pain and its Side Effects, a two-person exhibition of work by Carrie Firman and Ellen Rogers, will be on view beginning November 21, 2013, in the Edgewood College Gallery.

Carrie Firman, Art faculty at Edgewood College, and Ellen Rogers, a sculptor, collaborate on an installation that seeks to describe the bigger picture of chronic pain and embody their experiences living with it. The exhibition aims to go beyond documenting the losses and changes in their lives caused by mysterious, painful illness and its far-reaching effects to give a physical presence to chronic pain itself through images, sculptures, repurposed objects and immersive color fields.

DIS/CLOSURE describes the experience of endless fatigue, misperception by others, and the psychological costs of abandoning normal activities and a continual eroding quality of life. Both artists’ symptoms began without warning, cause, or family history in early adulthood. Constant cycles of pain and perseverance, sacrifice and self-evaluation, agony and adjustment, and hopelessness and humor require each to cope, adjust, give up, and move on again and again with no end or relief in sight.

The exhibition runs November 21 through December 20, 2013. An opening reception is scheduled for 5:00 p.m., Thursday, November 21, with a talk by the artists at 6:00 p.m.

Carrie Firman uses graphic design and photography to focus on and express her intellectually rich investigations of synesthesia - the consistent, involuntary combining of the senses which occurs in the mind's eye. In the last three years she has exhibited work in Buffalo, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Berlin. She presented at international conferences in Toronto, Stockholm and London and completed residencies in Pennsylvania, England, and Northern Ireland. Firman received her MFA in Visual Studies from the University of Buffalo in 2011 and joined the Edgewood College faculty in 2012.

Ellen Rogers examines the interconnectedness between humans, animals, and the natural world, with the primary inspiration being her previous career as a wildlife veterinarian in Africa where she was actively and passionately involved in the conservation of endangered species (elephants, rhinos, lions, etc.). Her art is frequently in direct response to those experiences, serving as a reminder that we rely upon and are connected to the natural world in a myriad of physical and spiritual ways. Rogers completed the Fresh AiR! residency in Vernon, British Columbia in 2013. Her work has been exhibited nationally in Buffalo and Ithaca, New York, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine and internationally in China and Canada.
In 2012, she received her MFA from the University of Buffalo and also presented a guest artist lecture at Edgewood College titled Behind the Scenes: Production of Art and Nature - an investigation of wildlife imagery in mass media. Rogers currently works at Colgate University’s Picker Art Gallery in Hamilton, New York.

Firman and Rogers met while students in the graduate program at the University of Buffalo and realized their shared struggle with chronic pain. DIS/CLOSURE is the result of their collaborative process creating a new work giving physical, visual presence to the experience of chronic pain.