August 6 – October 22, 2004
Lindsay Obermeyer, “Chirurgi”
Sarah Faust, “Beneath the Surface”
Concurrent exhibitions of fiber art by Lindsay Obermeyer and photography by Sarah Faust will be on display at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago from August 6, 2004 to October 22, 2004.
A reception for the artists that is open and free to the public will take place on Friday, August 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
In her exhibition titled “Chirurgi,” Lindsay Obermeyer presents a series of embroidered textiles—some on hospital linens—that examines the overlap in skills between the embroiderer and the surgeon. Obermeyer suggests that, “ The process of surgical stitching is not unlike the process of darning. One's skin is essentially a living fabric. ” Obermeyer's work contains a uniquely feminine voice, blending folk traditions with personal experience, and suggesting a more individual vision of sterile medical care. Obermeyer is a Chicago-area artist who has exhibited both in the Midwest and in several national traveling exhibitions showcasing contemporary beadwork and related crafts. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Washington, in Seattle.
Sarah Faust's “Beneath the Surface” is comprised of eight silver dye bleach print photographs, many of which were shot underwater. These works depict fragmentary, abstracted bodies; yet they are still recognizably human, and suggest the vulnerability and fragility of life itself. A wrinkled hand outstretched towards the viewer serves as an updated memento mori , reminding the viewer of the passage of time and the aging process. Faust has received a BFA in graphic design from the University of Kansas, and a MFA in photography from Columbia College in Chicago . In 2003, Faust had a solo exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center entitled “Bodies Beheld.”
These exhibitions are the latest in the Museum’s “Anatomy in the Gallery” series, which highlights artists who work in medically related themes.
“The Anatomy in the Gallery program makes it possible for the museum to present contemporary art related to the museum mission, within the context of the Museum’s exceptional collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture,” said curator Leonard Kliwinski. “We hope the artists’ very personal work will inspire and ultimately educate visitors about survival and the creative process.”
This project is partially sponsored by a CityArts Program 2 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.