A new exhibition opens at the UNO-St. Claude Gallery on Saturday, Aug. 12 featuring works by Sarah Marshall, associate professor of studio art at the University of Alabama. Entitled “Heat and Ambiguity,” Marshall’s work uses print as a medium to explore internal and external conflicts that guide human behavior.
“Abstract gestures and stylized figures represent the human desire for escape, belief, longing and growth,” said Marshall describing the prints in this show. “Disembodied facial features and limbs interact with symbols of security, desire, fear and failure, serving as metaphors for both the persistence and impermanence of the self.
The acts of cropping, cutting, pasting, rubbing and stitching mimic the way our minds disassemble and reconfigure fragments of daily life, recording and replaying them on repeat loop,” she added.
Marshall teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in printmaking and serves as director of graduate studies for studio art. Since joining the University of Alabama faculty in 2001, her work has been included in national and international printmaking exhibitions, including Global Matrix, the 4th Minnesota National Print Biennial and 17th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in Alabama, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Maryland. In conjunction with her studio practice, Marshall has presented lectures and demonstrations at the College Art Association, the State University of West Georgia, West Virginia University and the University of North Alabama. Her last exhibit in New Orleans took place at Ten Gallery in February 2016.
The UNO-St. Claude Gallery is located at 2429 St. Claude Ave. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 12 from 6-9 p.m., and the exhibition will run through September 3, 2017. Regular gallery hours are Saturday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m.