Liz Coffey: Transition Spaces 17.1

Liz Coffey: Transition Spaces 17.1

July 7 - August 20 2017
Opening Reception: July 7, 4-8 p.m.

Liz Coffey Transition Spaces 17.1

Liz Coffey
Of Unnatural Circumstance
oil on panel

Liz Coffey: Transition Spaces 17.1 opens Friday, July 7, in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to view the exhibition beginning July 7. An opening reception will be held from 4-8 p.m. that evening. The exhibit will remain on display through Aug. 20. Admission is free.

Coffey examines the positive, elusive moments of awe and the struggle of dealing with mental and monetary barriers. Her paintings allow each artwork to become a conversation with a symbol. Inevitably, this abstracted symbol builds upon itself and references not one thing, but many.

“Recently this conversation has circled around my weaknesses that I tend to avoid addressing directly,” Coffey said. “The areas of small, careful mark-making and quiet, cool-toned palettes are reflections of my default idealism. Rather than chosen specifically, they return to all of my artwork as a result of trusting my intuition. Even when dealing with negative experiences, I retain and want to share a spark of optimism.”

Artist Statement by Liz Coffey, February 2017 
My artwork explores the experiences that preoccupy and confound me. In the past, I have examined the positive, elusive moments of awe and the struggle of dealing with mental and monetary barriers. Rather than painting “what I know” I seek to understand what I don’t know by allowing each artwork to become a conversation with a symbol. Inevitably, this abstracted symbol builds upon itself and references not one thing, but many. 

Recently this conversation has circled around my weaknesses that I tend to avoid addressing directly. The symbol is an evolving burst, releasing anxiety and doing so by first acknowledging roots of insecurity and issues of objectification with the inclusion of the figure. The areas of small, careful mark-making and quiet, cool-toned palettes are reflections of my default idealism. Rather than chosen specifically, they return to all of my artwork as a result of trusting my intuition. Even when dealing with negative experiences, I retain and want to share a spark of optimism. 

Coffey received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from Southeast in 2012. She has exhibited her work in locations throughout the Midwest, most notably at the St. Louis Artists Guild, the McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the Firehouse Gallery in Baton Rouge Louisiana, and the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu.

Contact

573.651.2260
museum@semo.edu
River Campus, 175 Cultural Arts Center
Crisp Museum
One University Plaza, MS 7875
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701