First Friday | JULY 2019
Kelcey Parker Ervick is an artist and writer living in Indiana. Her paintings have been selected for juried exhibits in Indiana and Kentucky, and she is the author of three award-winning books, two of which are about “defunct” female historical figures. The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová is the story of a Czech fairy tale writer and includes full-color art and collages of vintage books and postcards. Liliane’s Balcony is historical fiction about Liliane Kaufmann, who commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater. Kelcey is an English professor who teaches creative writing and graphic storytelling at Indiana University South Bend.
Join us July 5th, 6 - 9 pm for an opening featuring Kelcey Parker Ervick DEFUNCT: A RESURRECTION
To be defunct is not to be. To be not. To have been. To no longer be as before. To be is to live, to exist, but to be defunct is to cease to be, to cease functioning. To be deceased. Defunctus, Latin for dead. I surround myself with defunct objects, ghosts of things past. They fill me with an absurd sense of life and desire.
I am a writer who paints as a way to explore other forms of storytelling. For the last year, I have been working on a book of paintings and stories about defunct people, places, and things: from my immigrant ancestors to a vacant corner building to my 1957 Polaroid Highlander camera. This exhibit brings together a selection of those paintings and stories. It is a meditation on materiality and ephemerality; on the objects we love and the stories we tell. I work quickly and quirkily on a variety of substrates, applying acrylic paint in broad strokes, often with an old credit card. Or letting watercolors flow and blend to uncover the spirit of the subject. That which is defunct, I want to resurrect.
Defunct is both an exhibit and a book. The book includes reproductions of the paintings with accompanying text. Originally published as a limited-edition, letterpress, hand-bound book by the Book Arts Collaborative in Muncie, Indiana, a printed version will be available in paperback form at the exhibit.
ArtWorks Gallery & Studio is a fully licensed Day Program for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. We offer waiver eligible services for adults with special needs.Celebrating the artist in each of us through fine art instruction, gallery exhibitions, that immerse people with developmental disabilities into a larger arts community that provide them diverse opportunities for fulfilling lives.