Eva G. Farris Art Gallery
Within spaces of incongruence, I find myself both calm and uncomfortable. Here, confusion is seen between cast and hand-made components, suggestive and naive forms, accepted and unaccepted gender binaries, as well as cheap abundance and costly absence. As a result, contradictions between what is missing and what is in excess address issues of surface identity and value perception.
Through the coupling of cast and replicated forms, while referencing material culture, I consider the value of objects and their places in my life. Why do we surround our spaces with noise? Why do we purge them? I question the impulse for overcompensation and the struggle for balance between extremes when more of something is validating. I make copies of existing objects, and then mold, cast, and alter them for different contexts. At times, decorative and bodily forms break down, become fluid, and resemble many things at once. In other cases, they seem to get caught up in a game of dress-up and pretend play while trying to fit into their surroundings. Eventually, they find themselves negotiating new categories on and off the wall as the decorative grotesque.
Art Gallery History
On June 21, 2007, Thomas More College unveiled the naming of the new Art Gallery as the "Eva G. Farris Art Gallery." Over 150 friends attended the celebration, which was a surprise to the honoree as part of the annual Thomas More College Foundation Event. After the unveiling, friends dined in the Thomas More Library and had an opportunity to tour the Gallery where a student exhibit was on display.
"For some individuals, giving of their time and resources comes naturally. Eva Farris is one of these special individuals," said Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, former president of Thomas More College. "She not only gives financial support to numerous organizations, but she serves as a committed and passionate volunteer throughout the community."
A portrait of Eva Farris, painted by Thomas More graduate, Taylor Stephenson '07, hangs on the entry wall of the Gallery. Ms. Stephenson is one of two Thomas More art graduates whose work was selected in a national competition to be displayed at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.