The Washington University School of Medicine showcases art exhibits on a rotating quarterly schedule. On display in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center 2nd floor Hearth, artwork in these rotating shows are medical or scientific by nature, St. Louis themed or produced by a member of the Washington University community.
Soledad Van Emden
This body of work focuses on my father’s house. I had been painting interiors for several years and was constantly searching for source material. One day I visited my dad’s house to water the plants when he was out of town. As usual, I scanned the spaces for views of raking light or moody atmosphere, anything of interest for a painting. It struck me that one day I would be in his intact house for the last time. That very specific experience of him – the smell of ground coffee beans, the blinds angled to keep out the sun, dust accumulating in the
corners, plants straining towards the filtered light, books stacked high on every surface, Lucy’s short rib bones hidden under her pillow – would come to an end. With this urge to preserve, capture, slow, and archive, I began to paint the spaces that reflect the life my father has lived and is living, spaces that hold the person who he is.
Jerry Graduated from Westminster/William Woods College in Fulton Mo in 1978 with a BFA, Jerry concentrated on Sculpture, Drawing, and Watercolor. His sculpture work then was mainly wood constructions and carvings. Soon after graduation, Jerry began restoring Jukeboxes, Slot machines, and old arcade memorabilia. He joined the St. Louis Artists Guild, the oldest art organization west of the Mississippi, (137 years old this year), and has been a member since, and just stepped down as President. In 1982 Jerry started working for an Antique Restorer that also built reproduction furniture.
In 1986 Jerry started his own business restoring antiques and building furniture. During this time the Furniture as Art movement grew and the Craft Wood movement gained prominence. Jerry has pursued both as his main profession. About 2002 Jerry started using the lathe as an integral part of his sculptural work. The work often starts on the lathe only to be cut, carved, and pieced together to form new shapes often with a Christian or Sci-fi theme.
The sculptures are created is his 1600 square foot studio next to his house, 35 miles south of St. Louis, Jerry is a member of the American Association of Woodturners, Show Me Woodturners, A Juried member of Best of Missouri Hands, Jerry is represented by Wood Symphony Online Gallery in LA, Maya Galleries in Santa Fe NM and Silver Sycamore Gallery St. Genevieve MO.
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