Arctic Residues - Sightings, January 31 - March 18, 2017
Yvonne Petkus, a WKU Professor of art, exhibits work created through a recent sabbatical that included two artist residences in Iceland (in winter), SIM Artist Residency in Reykjavik and the Hvitahus Artist Residency on the more remote Snaefellsnes Peninsula, as well as time processing that experience back in her U.S. studio. In this work, Petkus continues to explore ideas of struggle, the residues of trauma, and the forces of nature against the body. The exhibition presents an arc of influence by including the work developed just before Iceland (paintings, monotypes), the work completed in Iceland (paintings on Mylar that see forces of nature as physical and existential pressures), and the work that has continued since Iceland (paintings and monotypes on Mylar, canvas, and plexiglass). Her process - which sieves visual and cognitive input through a physical back and forth, a struggle of marks in continual negotiation - made sense for Iceland, a place of dynamics, of extremes, where questions of vulnerability and endurance were seen with new intensity.
This work was made possible with support from the WKU Office of International Programs and Potter College of Arts & Letters.
For more information about Yvonne's work, please visit yvonnepetkus.com