cactus bra SPACE
106 C Blue Star
April 1 – 21, 2011
Opening reception First Friday April 1, 6-9 p.m.
After by appointment
cactus bra SPACE presents Wilderness, a solo show by
Nacogdoches artist Michelle Rozic that opens on First Friday, April
1, 2011, 6-9 p.m. Wilderness is an exhibition of felted
representations of mutated suburban flora and fauna with framed
works on paper scattered throughout. Reminiscent of a cabinet of
curiosities, this installation exists at the place where a natural
science exhibit meets a hobby store.
Pollinators and other small creatures are often the first to show
harmful environmental changes, shedding light on humanities impact
on our local environments. These representations bring to light our
willing acceptance of the reproduction as a stand in for the
original, such as artificial flowers for fresh, malformed animals
for healthy. By pairing original and copy together, authenticity
becomes questioned. High and low art materials are shown
side-by-side to beckon the same questions of what is lost and what
is gained by these evolutions.
Michelle Rozic is an Assistant Professor of Art at Stephen F.
Austin State University. She received her M.F.A. in printmaking from
the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University,
Bloomington, in 2007, and her B.F.A. in fine arts from the Columbus
College of Art & Design in 2003. Rozic has exhibited throughout the
U.S. and abroad. Last summer she was a resident artist at
CentralTrak, the U.T. Dallas artist residency program. Currently she
is curator and designer for Edge of Life: Forest Pathology Art,
a collaborative, invitational art and forestry traveling exhibit and