"Time, Body, Process" Art Exhibition Explores the Human Body through Environment, Beauty and Decomposition

Rich Amada
July 24, 2000

"Time, Body, Process," mixed media, sculptural and fibers works by Mary Babcock, Darden Bradshaw and Rebecca Young

Aug. 23-Sept. 28
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m.

Lionel Rombach Gallery, UA Campus -- on the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard


Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 5-7 p.m.

John Richey, 520-626-4215


"Time, Body, Process" explores the relationship between the human body -- physically, ecologically or otherwise -- and its relationship with time and the world around us. The exhibition carries with it a strong emotional intimacy that is brought about through the creation of personal and direct work relating to the body and its environment, gender deconstruction and female identity and the body as an ephemeral organism. The exhibition presents works in traditional media such as woven thread and silk coupled with time-based, ephemeral pieces produced with latex and hair stand to stretch the limits of time and its relationship with the body.

Mary Babcock's work is an acknowledgment of the unspoken losses of habitat as well as a celebration of the beauty of the desert. Her work explores the impact that a species or culture can have on the fragile ecosystem in which it exists. The deterioration of environment and the peaceful coexistence of inhabitant and environment are all explored in an attempt to create some sort of awareness about the unique aspects of our desert ecosystem.

Darden Bradshaw explores issues of the female body and our cultural quest for beauty. Bradshaw is committed to creating work that will encourage women to be more self accepting. In this culture, dieting, weight loss, and the perfect female figure are all key and beauty is truly fleeting. When "beauty" finally is attained its prescription changes and the quest begins anew. Images in fiber and thread stress and weave together a message of power -- the power of the female body, the power of conviction, the power of one voice against the masses, and the power of an artist.

Rebecca Young creates objects that reflect and reference life's extremes.
Pieces constructed from ephemeral materials such as latex and hair imitate human existence as they continually change color and form through processes of deterioration. Works with an informed knowledge of the past and an uncertainty about the future are created so as to inform the viewer of the fleeting nature of life.

All three artists are pursuing Masters of Fine Arts degrees at the University of Arizona.


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