Cultural center exhibit explores memory

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The work of installation artist Kristina Arnold is featured at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center in Jasper during June and July.

By Herald Staff

JASPER — Jasper Community Arts is presenting the artwork of installation artist Kristina Arnold for the months of June and July at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center in Jasper.

Arnold is an artist and educator living and working in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Her practice combines an undergraduate degree and work in community health with a graduate degree in painting, professional museum/gallery experience, and a lifelong dedication to activism.

The installation piece currently on display at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center is titled "Every Word That Starts with F (family friendly version)."

“Every Word That Starts with F moves through our mind," Arnold said. "It is about memory — both the tangible mechanics and hardware inside our brains, and the ethereal intangible of memories ... Our brains are plastic and constantly changing. We add to them as we experience and as we grow; we drill, we learn. We celebrate new skills, new information, new people. As we age, these layers and experiences compile, layer by layer, shadow over shadow, a complicated thread line. Is this — the collection of memory and experience — the sum total of who we are? And then, what does it mean when we begin to forget? Every Word That Starts with F bears witness to that question. Through its physical accumulation and presence, its amassed and sometimes jumbled layers, it examines the place where memory and personhood intersect. It is fragile and ethereal, but also resilient and strong..."

Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Arnold received a degree in community health from Brown University. Upon graduation, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in public health, working in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After five years she returned to her first love, attending art school and earning her MFA in painting from the University of Tennessee. She has worked in collections management for the Frank H. McClung Museum in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Parthenon Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2005 she joined the Art Department at Western Kentucky University where she teaches and serves as the gallery director. Arnold has been an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School, and an artist in residence at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner, Wyoming and the Municipal Gallery in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The galleries at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center, located at 100 Third Ave., Suite A, Jasper, IN 47546, are open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. School groups, clubs and students are welcome. Admission is free. Donations appreciated.

For more information, call 812-482-3070. Jasper Community Arts is a department of the City of Jasper. JCA is supported in part by Friends of the Arts Inc., the Indiana Arts Commission, the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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