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Northern Kentucky Artists Featured in Xavier Faculty Show

Northern Kentuckians Marsha Karagheusian of Fort Mitchell and Dana Tindall of Fort Wright both show work in the Xavier University’s Biennial Faculty Exhibit, which opened Friday and continues through Feb. 19.

Karagheusian, a ceramic artist and the Ceramics and Art Education Professor at Xavier for more than 30 years, will be exhibiting 17 never-before-seen pieces.

Her studio is in her Ft. Mitchell home, where she created several pieces for the faculty show including clay wall piece "Wild Is the Wind" (pictured above), three additional bas-reliefs, six-piece wall installation "Les Femmes de Paris Sur la Cote d'Azur", and six smaller sculptures.

Of "Wild Is the Wind", she observes, “The sensuous curves of the female form offer endless possibilities for both composition and narrative. I’m concerned with the female spirit, her body, mind and soul, and the inherent interconnectedness. I’m interested in her internal psyche, as a carrier, or a vessel for meaning and interpretation. The figures are contemplative, sensual, and perhaps erotic, referencing what the woman may be thinking, feeling and perceiving, her thought processes, her perceptions and revelations.”

"Les Femmes..." is a hexaptych (a six-piece wall piece) Karagheusian created last summer Vallauris, France. “The painted images of the women were inspired from sculptures I saw in Paris prior to the residency, from the Louvre and from the Musee d'Orsay in particular. While in Vallauris, I discovered this luscious black clay from Spain. I painted the figures with a white slip (liquid clay), while incising/etching into the clay slab as well. The fish skeletons represent the south of France -- Cote d'Azur -- and were from fish I actually ate from the Mediterranean. They also symbolically became a nod to Picasso, as Vallauris will always be his town, and he included fish and fish skeletons in a lot of his work. I wanted that little bit of his influence to infiltrate my work while I had the honor of working there.”

Adjunct professor Dana Tindall of Ft. Wright also has two pieces in the Xavier University Faculty Exhibit.

The landscapes represent a “relatively new direction. Before this, my work had been primarily still-life, about American glut, the things people owned and that sort of thing. They were usually wall-hanging very colorful, sort of funny, and frequently interactive -- parts moved, or they made sound (or the like).”

These pieces are mixed media (acrylic, pencil, and oil pastel) on wood thickly layered in cast epoxy resin. “They are shaped to reflect a forced perspective, and because of the layering technique and frequently used metallic and interference colors they are small, to encourage closer examination.”

Titled "DLUBHE 5" (pictured below) and "DLUBHE 6", the letters are an acronym for "desolate landscape untouched by human elements.

Art Faculty Exhibit, through Feb. 19. University Art Gallery, A.B. Cohen Building (adjacent to Cintas Center), 1658 Herald Ave., Xavier University. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. 513-745-3811.

Written by Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts