‘Landform’ exhibit featured in Carlson Library this semester

November 3, 2014 | Arts, Events, UToday, Library
By Cassandra DeYoung

This fall semester, Carlson Library is displaying Judith Greavu’s “Landform” series.

“Warm Springs,” bronze with carnelians, by Judith Greavu

“Warm Springs,” bronze with carnelians, by Judith Greavu

The 13-piece exhibit is located on the first floor of Carlson Library and shows different geological formations created out of bronze, aluminum, wood and stone.

“[The series] celebrates geological forces as well as human intervention with those forces,” Greavu said.

The exhibit includes a piece titled “Warm Springs,” which has a stream made out of bronze and beads of carnelians within the metal waterway.

Another piece on display is “Hill With Effluent,” which appears to have a gray bronze stream splitting two green bronze hills that sit on top of a square of oak.

Many of Greavu’s works are of an environmental nature and can be found on her website, judith.greavu.com.

Last year, Greavu’s piece titled “Current Forces” was installed outside Bowman-Oddy Laboratories and was dedicated during UT’s Celebrate Our River Week in September.

Many of her works include bronze, which requires the use of the lost wax casting process. This involves reproducing a structure through the use of molds and castings, similar to photography with negatives and positive prints but in three dimensions.

“It’s an exciting process to use to make the forms you want,” Greavu said. “It’s an extensive process that involves making a model, then a negative mold of silicon rubber or plaster and a positive of wax into that mold. The wax then gets a mold that takes great heat so that the wax can be melted out and molten bronze can be poured into it.”

Greavu received her master of fine arts degree at Bowling Green State University and taught at Ohio Northern University from 1985 until 2005. Since retiring, she is focusing on her art.

Her work has been displayed locally and across the country, including at the Toledo Area Artists Annual Juried Exhibit, the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, the Sculpture Center in Cleveland and ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio.

The free, public exhibit can be seen during Carlson Library hours: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight.

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