"Ex-Votos & Poems" an exhibit by Nathalie Ferrier, will be on display in the Koussevitzky Art Gallery at Berkshire Community College (BCC) from Wednesday, August 29 through Monday, October 1.
The works presented in this show are a tribute, an offering to the body and nature. The pieces aspire to sustain balance by mending our human experience with its internal inherent organization, which holds our fragility and our emotions.
Ferrier states "Calling upon my prior career as a couture clothing designer, I am interpreting sections of the body, organs, articulations, bones, muscles, and tissues by applying processes that employ various techniques of sewing, crocheting, embroidering, knitting. The presence of wool, fibers, threads and fabrics intertwining with elements from nature like dry leaves, tree roots and foliage, exhibit a sustained but fragile intimate world".
"I salvage materials and objects found around the house - plastics, containers or wrappers, duct and electric tapes, wood, trash, paint etc... The choice of using daily objects gives the work an ironic critical stance and offers a more informal approach to the complexities of the body's anatomy. For instance, in ‘Untitled: Digesting', part of an old dog ball recycled into the piece, is crocheted and turned into a spleen".
Nathalie Ferrier lives and works on Cape Cod, Mass. She received a MFA from MASSART. She is a faculty member at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Ferrier who is French was at first a fashion designer/ modeliste based in Paris making clothes for Haute Couture and for luxury Ready to Wear. She also ran her own clothing line, which was sold at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.
Her artwork has been shown in galleries and art fairs in New York, Miami Art Basel, and Massachusetts and on the Cape. Her work over the years has been included in several exhibitions at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and was displayed there last fall for an installation show from October 2011 to January 2012.
Ferrier will discuss the exhibit Monday, October 1 at 12:15 PM in K-116 on BCC's main campus. Forum credit is available for BCC students attending this discussion.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery is located in BCC's Koussevitzky Arts Center. Gallery hours are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
For more information, email Benigna Chilla at firstname.lastname@example.org.