May 12 - June 17, 2023
From Box 13 Artspace:
“For the past 3 years I have been examining ways in which historic cultural opinions represent, shape, and affect the bear. From the research I have gathered was born a speculative narrative in which there is an alternative conclusion to extinction.
Last year, I contacted the Amon Carter Museum of American Art with a research request on items in the collection involving bears. After this visit, I narrowed in on a print by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait titled The Life of a Hunter. “A Tight Fix” from 1961. I found this image compelling due both its beauty and snap shot of violence. I felt compelled to eliminate the scenery and reduce the action down to its basic components and place these figures and items in my alternate timeline.
From Tait’s “ A Tight Fix” I drew the attacking bear, the hunter in the foreground, and the smaller hunter in the background, and included all items that referenced hunting in Illustrator. Using a fusion laser, I printed these items in wood as free standing figures and installed them in Box 13’s Window that serves the same purpose as a shadow box to frame the action.
This work sets the scene for the bears improbable rescue.
Meredith Cawley is a multimedia artist based in Texas. She currently teaches at the University of North Texas. Her 10 years as an outreach educator at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History inspire, inform, and drive her practice. Her current line of inquiry focuses on how cultural opinions represent, shape, and affect the bear.”
Reception: May 12, 2023 | 6:30–9:30 pm
6700 Harrisburg Blvd.
Houston, 77001 TXGet directions