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Galleries Present Bloom and Bomb

Published: January 09, 2004
Scarfone/Hartley Galleries at UT present Bloom and Bomb, an exhibition of recent paintings and prints by Tanja Softic. The artist will introduce and discuss her work at a preview gallery talk on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. The public also will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the artist at a reception honoring her on Friday, Jan. 23, 7-9 p.m.

“The titles of my recent series of color etchings (Continuum of the Other, Anatomy of Longing, Architecture of Thought and History of Love) suggest the impossible attempt to quantify the most profound experiences and concepts of human existence—matter of both science and art,” Softic said. “I explore the seemingly divergent ways of knowing the world, the porous border between the intellect and the senses. I am interested in the territory between structure and ornament, instrument and body, cell and bloom.


“The objects in the prints and paintings are derived from observations of plants, botanical drawings, illustrations of human and animal anatomy, and medical instruments. I am fascinated by the precision and order of scientific illustration and by the fecund beauty of natural forms. Using the encaustic and collage of drypoint prints on thin Japanese paper and combining them with oil painting on panels, I bring drawing and painting into a visual conversation on the states of mind and spirit.”


Bloom and Bomb continues at the Galleries through Thursday, Feb. 26. The Scarfone/Hartley Galleries are located on the UT campus at the corner of Brevard and North B streets. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, closed on national holidays. Admission is free.


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