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"By using her art to step outside the sanitized views of mortality and grieving that permeate our culture, Hess has steadied herself and explored new emotional and psychological depths. If those viewing her work are inspired to do the same, that is the greatest compliment they can give to Hess and her art. Of course, they might also notice that she is a very original colorist as well."

 

- John Seed

Full essay available here

Solo Exhibition: How Long Has It Benn Since You've Been Outside
Marietta College: Gallery 310
February 3 - April 14, 2022

A puddle is both familiar and magical.  It is the everyday and the spectacular.  Peering into it, our minds wander and our imagination flows to that which we have forgotten, like to childhood, when we played and splashed in water with insouciance and total bliss.   

 

In a puddle, we see the world and ourselves reflected to us in a new way. We ask, What else my transient friend?  We look deeper. Our minds drift. Existence expands in puddle dreams. Our new perspective carries us to the sacred, the human connection we have to bodies of water, no matter their size, and we appreciate the silent contemplative moment.  

 

Rarely do I speak so candidly about my exhibition selections, however, having Erika b Hess’s puddle paintings in Gallery 310 is, in my mind, a gift to campus: 

a gift of stillness

a gift of experiencing a true painter’s painter

a gift of a generous empath doing the healing work of our time.

 

Director’s Notes

Jolene Powell

Past Work:

Puddle Drawing 1
Puddle Drawing 1

9" x 12"

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Puddle Drawing 2
Puddle Drawing 2

9" x 12"

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Puddle Drawing 3
Puddle Drawing 3

9" x 12"

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Lost
Lost

Oil on panel 24" x 30"

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Beginning
Beginning

Oil on panel 12" x 12"

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Flow
Flow

oil on panel 24" x 30"

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Sunset Puddle
Sunset Puddle

oil on panel 24" x 30" 2021

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Connected
Connected

oil on panel 24" x 30" 2021

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Surrounded
Surrounded

oil on panel 24" x 30" 2021

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Move
Move

Oil on birch panel 24" x 24" 2021

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Kiss the Sky
Kiss the Sky

oil on panel 24" x 24" 2021

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Drift
Drift

oil on panel 24" x 24" 2021

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Sail
Sail

oil on panel 24" x 24" 2021

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Reflections on Drowning I
Reflections on Drowning I

oil on panel 48" x 36" 2021

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Reflections on Drowning III
Reflections on Drowning III

oil on panel 48" x 36" 2021

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Reflections on Drowning II
Reflections on Drowning II

oil on panel 48" x 36" 2021

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In The Wilderness: Kerri in Ridgewood
In The Wilderness: Kerri in Ridgewood

oil on panel 12" x 12" 2021

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In The Wilderness: Liz in Upstate
In The Wilderness: Liz in Upstate

oil on panel 12" x 12" 2021

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In The Wilderness: Kate in DC
In The Wilderness: Kate in DC

oil on panel 12" x 12" 2021

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At Night
At Night

oil on panel 12" x 12" 2021

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Peek
Peek

oil on panel 12"x12" 2020

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Find
Find

oil on panel 12"x12" 2020

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