The Maude Kerns Art Center is pleased to present Day by Day, featuring the work of Veronica Ceci, Sarah Peterman, & Erika Rier, opening with a reception from 6 – 8 pm on Friday, May 13. Each of the three featured artists reflect on often overlooked aspects of daily life, processing how they live day by day while exploring identity, probing for deeper meanings, and uncovering underlying narratives. The exhibit is on view through June 10.
Austin, Texas intermedia artist Veronica Ceci exhibits a series titled “Keeping House,” which “reconfigures the viewer’s relationship to the human element of institutional cleanliness…. Her work makes undervalued labor conspicuous through intense materiality, repetition, iconography, and lived performance.” Ceci, who has been working as a Master Printer in Austin since 2004, received her MFA in Printmaking from Kent State University. Her pieces have been included in exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, and the International Print Center in New York, and are held in public and private collections.
Eugene artist Sarah Peterman displays her “Dolly” series in wood, steel, and cast glass, and her “Wool Hamper” series made of wood and hand-spun yarn. Peterman’s sculptures “emphasize non-memorable moments, assert smaller, ‘less crucial,’ habits, processes, doings…. sorting, organizing, picking up, putting away, finding, and questioning relevance and priority.” The “Hamper Series” reflects Peterman’s thoughts on the everyday items used to keep her household functioning. She has shown her work in many venues in Oregon, Washington, and throughout the US, and in 2020 was exhibited in a show of “Craft in Contemporary Art” at SITE in Brooklyn, New York.
Portland, Oregon artist Erika Rier is a self-taught interdisciplinary artist working in a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, and ceramics, in a style she calls “folk surrealism.” Rier develops complex visual narratives focused on portraying the inner life of women. She draws the viewer into the narrative by using pattern, bright color, and delicate line. Rier says of her work: “I’m particularly interested in creating art which depicts women engaged in activities, rather than showing them as passive subjects shaped by the male gaze.” The narrative thread in her oeuvre builds upon itself, with each new work serving as the “next page in a wordless book.”