FAU’s Jupiter Campus Library Presents 'Undercover' and 'Mystery Beneath the Surface'
JUPITER, FL (January 8, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s John D. MacArthur Campus Library Gallery is hosting two exhibitions, “Undercover” and “Mystery Beneath the Surface,” from Monday, January 14, through Friday, March 7, on FAU’s Jupiter campus, located at 5353 Parkside Drive.
“Undercover” is an exhibition of contemporary art by Giannina Coppiano Dwin, whose work connects symbolically to the way women have created while performing traditional roles and duties as mothers, wives and caregivers. Dwin’s goal is to arouse the senses of the viewer with a mixture of colors, odors and sounds to create or recreate a sensorial memory through the experience of her work. Besides bronze, porcelain and other traditional materials, she uses flour, sugar, spices, unfired clay slip and wax to create her art.
“Undercover” features works in sugar and other materials intricately designed to look like fine lace filaments. It also includes an assortment of life-size undergarments created from such ingredients as artificial sweeteners and raw sugar, and other art made from wax and mixed media.
“In the society that we live today, where the worth of things is determined by the monetary value assigned to them, the transient nature of my work is the part that most people have a hard time grasping,” said Dwin. “Because of the beauty of the work, it is easy to admire it. That is not the case when it comes to the issues raised by it.”
The artist was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and has lived in the United States since 1970. She graduated from FAU with a master of fine arts degree and is an adjunct professor in the university’s department of art. Dwin lives in Parkland and is a winner of the prestigious 2006 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Grant for Visual Artists. An opening reception for “Undercover” will be held on Friday, January 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.
“Dwin builds all her work in situ, and then destroys it at the end of the show,” said Diane Arrieta, exhibition chairman. “This ephemeral quality strengthens the conceptual components of the work. Her art is beautiful and skillfully executed.”
“Mystery Beneath the Surface” is a photography exhibition by Patricia Roshaven, a hiker and an avid photographer interested in nature and architectural photography. Roshaven began working with acrylics in the 1970s as a hobby while working as a librarian and massage therapist in Berkeley, Ca. In 1991, she became director of FAU’s North Palm Beach Campus Library, now known at the John D. MacArthur Campus Library. Roshaven also studied photography, taking darkroom classes at Palm Beach Community College. She switched to digital photography in 2002, and studied at Palm Beach Photographic Centre in Delray Beach.
“My interest as an artist is in revealing the mystery of life that lies beneath the surface of everyday reality,” said Roshaven. “As a painter, I explore the unconscious, letting paint, canvas and intuition lead me in unexpected directions. As a photographer, I combine this method with the realism of photography to further explore this mystery. These photos can be better understood by experiencing the feelings they give rise to rather than by studying them intellectually.”
After retiring from FAU in December 2004, Roshaven moved to western North Carolina, where she began to win awards for her photography. She also began experimenting with photo collage and watercolor. Roshaven has exhibited at the Pisgah National Forest, the Tryon Fine Arts Center, Isothermal Community College, the Saluda Arts Festival and the Henderson County Public Library.
Arrieta said Roshaven’s work has gone through many metamorphoses. “Being a self-taught artist, she is not afraid to explore new territory which allows her art to grow and become stronger,” said Arrieta.
The library’s hours are Sunday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 561-799-8530 or visit www.library.fau.edu/npb/npb.htm.