Tiffin University is to have the opening reception for its first faculty and staff art show Thursday.
The show in Diane Kidd Gallery in Hayes Center for the Arts continues through March 3.
Marsha Pippenger, the gallery's director, said the show has more than 30 pieces, including collages, fibers, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture and watercolors.
IMAGE COURTESY OF LEE FEARNSIDE
Lee Fearnside, assistant professor of art, and James Rovira, assistant professor of English, created “Lobectomy,” an image of and poem about a scar left behind from a surgery to remove a tumor on the lung.
"This is campus-wide. ... We wanted everybody to participate," she said.
Lee Fearnside, an assistant professor of art in her third year at TU, did a collaborative project with James Rovira, assistant professor of English at TU. They are to exhibit their work in the show.
"Together, we have four pieces," she said.
The works are a multi-media collection of photographs, poems and sound about scars. The photographs and poems are framed side by side with an mp3 player next to them.
"I think they turned out pretty well," she said.
Fearnside and Rovira talked to people about how they got scars, what their scars mean to them and how they feel about their scars. Some got them from surgery, while another got one from having a deer come through his windshield.
They were trying to think of different ways to portray the experiences, she said.
"They are traces of our physical history," she said.
Fearnside photographed the scars, and Rovira wrote poems about them. Fearnside said they hope the viewer gets the impression about what the scar meant to the person.
The display is a practice version for them.
"We both hope that we can continue with the project," she said.
Fearnside said they have talked about trying to make the project into a short movie and trying to incorporate photographs and poems more, such as putting text within the photograph.
"There's more experimenting to do," she said.