“Tracking Time,” an exhibition of paintings by two artists, Anna Jensen of Asheville and Karen Ann Myers of Charleston, South Carolina, will open Thursday, Jan. 22, at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum.
A panel discussion featuring the artists and reception will be held at the FAM from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 22.
The exhibition brings together the work of two artists who create intimate, surreal and sometimes haunting psychological paintings of friends, family, lovers and conflicts, said Denise Drury, curator and interim director at the FAM. “Some of the images stand in self-portraits surrounded by patterning and cultural artifacts, while others appear to be confessions that are wrought with an emotional uneasiness,” Drury said.
Jensen’s laborious process combines references to art history, pop culture and natural science that ultimately culminate in personal chronicles representing the conflicts in her life. The women in Myer’s paintings are posed in her actual bed, but the rooms in her paintings are fantasies functioning as metaphors for an interior life, Drury said. “Visitors can look forward to an exhibition that is adventurous, provocative and calculated,” she said.
“Tracking Time” will be on display at the museum through Friday, March 27. The FAM is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours to 7 p.m. on Thursday. For a full calendar listing, visit fineartmuseum.wcu.edu or call 828-227-3591.