‘Conversational’ artwork on display at Center for Women

February 19, 2009 | Arts
By Jeffrey Romagni

Britney McIntire, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, uses mixed-media art to represent different aspects of communication.

“Grape jelly vs. strawberry jam … He didn’t even know the difference” by Britney McIntire

Her exhibit, “Conversational Dust,” is on display through March 12 in the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, located in Tucker Hall on Main Campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In high school, McIntire decided to pursue a degree in fine arts after attending a juried art show titled “Focus” that featured works by high school artists at the Center for the Visual Arts on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus. She uses simplicity and patience as a basis for all her work.

“I find inspiration living my life,” McIntire said. “Art has to come to you; it can’t be forced at all.”

Each piece in “Conversational Dust” represents a particular conversation heard by McIntire, who focused mostly on the details of exchange.

“I work more abstractly and expressively to allow my hand to flow and catch up with the interactions, such as eavesdropping on conversations that are not meant to be heard in lecture halls, bars, bathrooms, elevators and phone conversations,” McIntire said. “I want each work to be about a particular place in time and space.”

Even though there are 18 pieces on display, McIntire considers the exhibit just the beginning of her series.

“The collection is growing over time, and it’s never-ending,” she said. “I’m really pleased as to how it’s turning out, and I’m excited for it to evolve.”

After graduation, McIntire plans to pursue a master of fine arts degree and continue creating art for her collection.

For more information on the free, public exhibit, call the Center for Women at 419.530.8570.

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