From 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday, February 12, Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery will hold a reception for the opening of Sarah Irvin’s new multimedia exhibition The Daily Immeasurable. The reception is free and open to the public, and will feature refreshments and an artist’s talk starting at 5 p.m. The exhibition will remain in Hunt Gallery from February 12 to March 2, 2018.
Irvin said the following about her exhibition:
For this work, I used the space and texture of my home and the form of my child’s dollhouse as a resource for exploring the interaction of self and other, self and the material world, and self and the space of the imaginary. I created work using different textures from our home in units the size of our hands. Tiny replications of our dollhouse appear alongside distorted footage of the same miniature house. The small books re-create the format of a complete cyanotype index of British Algae create by Anna Atkins in the mid-1800s printed at the same size as our copies of the works of Beatrix Potter. The books contain an index of Allen Eye Chart Images, an eye chart for preschoolers. In the gallery, the current height of my child is marked using paint that matches the color of their bedroom walls as one iteration of an ongoing growth project that has marked many public and private spaces since 2016. With the exhibit, I encourage consideration of the definitions of a household, and consideration of how an individual shapes and is shaped by these definitions. Through the work, I propose a closer look at the emotional spaces of home, a child’s imagined space of play that replicates these experiences of home, and the experience of the body in these material spaces.
Irvin received a BFA from the University of Georgia in 2008 and an MFA from George Mason University in 2016. Her work has been featured in international exhibits and conferences on feminist theory and practice and in numerous solo exhibitions, and it is included in the collection of organizations including Capital One, the Federal Reserve Bank, and Quirk Hotel. Irvin is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York and Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, Va. In 2015, Irvin founded the digital humanities project, Artist Parent Index, a searchable database of artists, exhibits, and resources exploring reproduction and caretaking.
Hunt Gallery is Mary Baldwin University’s home of public art that is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year. Hunt Gallery’s schedule for the 2017–18 academic year can be found online at www.marybaldwin.edu/arts/huntgallery.