Ethereal Edges: Lowcountry Coastlines in Batik by Mary Edna Fraser

May 24 – October 26, 2013
Daniel Library, The Citadel

Opening reception and gallery talk on May 30th, 5:30 p.m., Daniel Library
Artist lecture and book signing on September 26th, 6:30 p.m., Bond Hall Room 165

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The first-ever exhibition at The Citadel to be included in the Piccolo Spoleto Visual Arts Festival, this installation by internationally recognized artist Mary Edna Fraser features swaths of richly colored large-scale silk batiks inspired by the lush palette and curving coastlines of the Lowcountry.

Searching out the edges between land and sea, Mary Edna Fraser first photographs these natural contours from the aerial perspective offered by the open cockpit of her grandfather’s vintage airplane.  The meditative dye-resist process of batik allows her to explore the sinuous lines of a number of familiar Lowcountry locales including a site-specific piece entitled Over the Citadel.

A companion series of didactic photographs, tools, and batik materials documents the process of how these evocative works were made, from inspiration to completion.

Creating the world’s largest batiks, Ms. Fraser has contributed artwork to 13 publications and been featured in over 100 one-woman exhibitions.  The first woman to hold an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Ms. Fraser has work in numerous collections including the New England Aquarium, the Charleston International Airport, and NASA.

This installation is curated by Tiffany Reed Silverman and sponsored by The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences Fine Arts Program Fund and the Daniel Library.