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The gallery will be closed for the summer.

Please visit the sculpture collection.

Shannon DeLurio, Painting

painting of a small blue dish sitting on some worn fabric or cushions
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 3:30pm
Online Event/Virtual


Artist Statement

In my current series of oil paintings, I portray different perspectives of my bed by utilizing a dollhouse-sized replica that I have constructed and documented. My bed has been the home of many turbulent headspaces and past traumas. By working from the model I gain back control, which allows me to navigate and understand my unruly experience. With a muted color palette and varied marks, I create images that act as transportive windows into my past emotional states. Specifically, I zoom in on details like objects, shadows, wrinkles and light and investigate the bed’s absorptive role in my life.

In my body of work I aim to convey the idiosyncratic experiences involved in varied mental states. I think of all the quiet moments in my bed, wrapped in the ambivalent embrace of my bed sheets. Invisible tears, sweat and skin are imprinted here and act as remnants of memories. This is a contradictory space of escape and comfort, an environment that shifts with my emotions. Sometimes it’s neatly made, but most of the time there may be a plate buried underneath forgotten laundry and dirty sheets. My bed seems to have absorbed all of my emotions, yet appears as an unquestioning, innocent staple in the backdrop of my life.

Image: Crumbs. Oil on canvas / 48 x 48 in.

Artist Talk Series, Fall 2020

This fall the Western Gallery will be showcasing the culminating work of the 10 Bachelor of Fine Arts ("BFA") artists from the 2020 Spring cohort in the exhibition "In-Site: A New Realism." Due to the pandemic, this exhibition was postponed from the spring quarter to the fall of 2020. We are pleased to install the dynamic bodies of work that exemplify the perseverance of the artists during a challenging final spring quarter.

The week of Oct. 5, the exhibiting artists will give talks accessible via Zoom and Facebook Live. We invite the community to join these virtual presentations. We will host a Q & A with the artist in the gallery as part of the presentation. To join us for the talks, please register for the talks by selecting any of the events listed on this page. Each event will have a registration link.