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MAY 14 - JUNE 15, 2009

Loren Schwerd

HAIR ON FIRE

MAY 14 - JUNE 15, 2009

Loren Schwerd

HAIR ON FIRE

Caryl BurtnerSonya ClarkTalia GreeneRuth MartenAlthea Murphy-Price | Loren Schwerd

Curated by Mark Sloan, “Hair on Fire” represents six contemporary artists who explore the diverse history of human hair through their art—from its significance in mythology, cultural anthropology, fashion, and folklore, to its rich metaphorical possibilities. Each artist creates works that are either made of, incorporate, or relate to the hirsute. Artists featured are Caryl Burtner, Sonya Clark, Talia Greene, Ruth Marten, Althea Murphy-Price, and Loren Schwerd.

Loren Schwerd received her BFA in Studio Art from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1993, and her MFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University in New York in 1999. She was an instructor and visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston from 1999 to 2005, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the Louisiana State University School of Art in Baton Rouge. Her installations, videos, costumes, and sculpture have been exhibited nationally at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC; Mobile Museum of Art, AL; Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina; Louisiana Artworks in New Orleans; Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI; and the Dana Women Artists Series at Rutgers in New Brunswick, NJ.

Loren Schwerd

HAIR ON FIRE

MAY 14 - JUNE 15, 2009
ARTIST STATEMENT

 My artistic practice includes site-related installations, wearable art, video, and sculptures that are inspired and shaped by the impulse to transform familiar objects into metaphorical constructions and paradoxical observations. I investigate the multiple associations that are present in a material, site, image, or gesture, seeking to identify and enhance points of connection and tension between these suggestions. I favor found materials that contribute their function, cultural value, and a trace of their mysterious personal history to my design. All of my projects demonstrate a dedication to craft. I employ basic methods of connection such as tying, weaving, and stitching, imbuing my work with a feminine sensibility, and whose meticulous labor evokes a sense of time, memory, and obsession. Permeating all of my creative endeavors is a slightly dark humor and a fascination with awkward beauty.

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