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  Past Exhibition        

The MFA Thesis Exhibition by Trudy Rogers - Denham

April 2– April 6, 2012

Residdum is a solo exhibition in partial fulfillment of the MFA program at the University of Missouri. Consisting of two ephemeral dirt floor installations that speak of domestic fragility through the blending of illusion and reality. The work combines the weight of politics, economics, institutionalism, and domesticity with humor through the incorporation of political cartoons, textile characters Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam within the framework of intricate rug patterns. The complexity of pattern both attracts and repels the viewer becoming a temporary reminder of institutional greed, unstable domestic foundations, and how one might metaphorically sweep problems under the rug. Thus the rugs become a visual metaphor for the tragic situations many are placed in and how institutions conceal harsh truths through the distraction of deceptive decoration. Upon viewing the installation the viewer is faced with a choice: to enter the gallery and proceed in investigating the work but in doing so they are destroying the pattern, or to preserve the status quo as housed by the institution by not entering.

Trudy Rogers-Denham has received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Northwest Missouri State University in 2000 and a Masters in Education from the University of Missouri in 2008. Her work has been included in exhibitions in Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and New York. Recently Rogers-Denham won best of show at the 2011 Innovations in Textiles 9 Symposium in the Art Saint Louis Fiber Focus exhibition. She was also one of 15 emerging artists chosen to receive the 2011 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award through the International Sculpture Center. Her work was featured in a six month long exhibition in New Jersey at the Grounds for Sculpture and was highlighted in the October 2011 issue of Sculpture Magazine.

Reception: Friday, April 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served at reception.

Both the exhibition and receptions are free and open to the public.
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For further information, contact Ferrie Craighead at 882-3555 or email or Trudy Rogers-Denham at 573- 310- 9132, email .





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