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Shell - Exhibition of multi-media sculptural work by senior Kathleen Brite

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts presents Shell, an exhibition of multi-media sculptural works by Kathleen Brite, a senior in the program, on April 18 through 28 in Room 301 at 185 Nassau Street. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.   Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Shell explores the question of how one assigns meaning to a vastly complicated whole based only on individual components. Utilizing natural materials, such as branches, stumps and whole trees, and their derivatives, Brite notes that she seeks to investigate the tensions of internal vs. external, judgment vs. acceptance, and divorce vs. unity. 

“Shell explores how we practice exclusion and inclusion,” explains Brite, “and how we are often blinded by the external, by the hierarchies of value we create aesthetically, racially, politically, financially or geographically.”

Using the metaphor of a shell, she notes that it is easy to judge the surface and forget that it obscures a complex animal inside, the thing that originally gave purpose to the shell.

Her work in visual arts, exploring this theme of getting past the surface to understand what is inside, is an extension of her work in her major area of study, political science. In this arena and through work towards a certificate in African Studies, Brite similarly explores issues of race, class and political hierarchy.

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Photo caption:  One of the multi-media sculptural works by senior Kathleen Brite in her exhibition, Shell
Photo credit: Photo by Kathleen Brite

Event Information

Opening reception:
Thursday, April 25
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Exhibit runs:
April 18 - 26, 2013

10 AM - 4:30 PM

Room 301
Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street
Princeton University

Free and open to the public




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