Field Studies: Works in Paper by Bryant Holsenbeck and Ann Marie Kennedy
The Ackland Museum Store is pleased to announce the opening of Field Studies: Works in Paper by Bryant Holsenbeck and Ann Marie Kennedy. The work in this show chronicles the daily observations and connections to nature by two installation artists. One of their common materials is abaca (Musa textilis), a species of banana grown for its fiber in the Philippines, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. Ann Marie uses the abaca to make delicate, yet strong paper into which she layers flowers or textile elements. She introduced the abaca in its wet, pulp state to Bryant, who found it perfect for creating the delicate skins of her sculptural birds. Herewith lies an underlying theme of Field Studies—that of the friendship and mutual admiration of two artists who give one another inspiration as well as material advice.
Bryant Holsenbeck is an award winning environmental and installation artist based in Durham, North Carolina whose work has been widely exhibited. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Bryant has been an Artist-in-Residence and Visiting Artist at Guilford College, Alabama State University, College of Charleston, North Carolina State University, and Duke University. She is well-known for creating and executing community art and environmental projects with groups of children and adults.
Ann Marie Kennedy’s knowledge and love of papermaking extends into the world of handmade paper installations which tell stories and record memory and place. She has held numerous artist residencies including three years at Penland School of Crafts and has received a North Carolina Artist Fellowship. Ann Marie has exhibited nationally and her work is in many public and private collections, including the Library of Congress and Yale University Library. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina where she is also a full-time Associate Professor of Art at Wake Technical Community College.
Field Studies opens on 11 April 2014 with a special reception 6:30-8:30PM.
The show will be on view through Sunday, 1 June 2014. For more information, please contact the Ackland Museum Store at 919.962.0216.