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The Wabash College Art Department presents the opening of Unholding and The Bellbird’s Morning Song by Jessica and Damon Mohl. The exhibits debut with an opening reception from 4:30-6 p.m. today in the Eric Dean Gallery of the Fine Art Center. The exhibits continue through Dec 6.
Unholding is an exhibition of metalwork and silverpoint drawings by Jessica Mohl. This recent body of work investigates the pattern of cycles and impermanence found in nature. Mohl draws on the beauty of overlooked ephemera, from seedpods to cocoons, to create drawings and sculptures using traditional metalsmithing techniques.
Jessica Mohl received her bachelor’s degree in the fine arts and crafts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in metalsmithing from the University of North Texas. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions and has been published in the Lark Books series “500 Metal Vessels.” She primarily works with non-ferrous metals and uses traditional metalsmithing techniques. In her work, she explores the beauty and mystery of growth and cycles in the natural world. She currently lives in Indiana and teaches jewelry and metalsmithing classes at Purdue University.
The Bellbird’s Morning Song surveys a range of two-dimensional images and three-dimensional sculptures created for recent short films by Damon Mohl. The exhibition includes full-scale and miniature sets, costumes as well as detailed props, all of which function as individual works as well as the physical remnants of broader ephemeral cinematic ideas.
Damon Mohl is a Wabash College assistant professor of art specializing in studio and digital production courses that range from drawing and painting to various approaches to digital filmmaking and experimental animation. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and his master’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. With his graduate-level research focused on filmmaking, his thesis film was nominated in the experimental category for a Student Academy Award and screened in the regional winner’s showcase at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. In the past seven years, his work has screened internationally in over 30 countries.
The exhibits are free and open to the public and handicap accessible. The hours for the Eric Dean Gallery are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is closed during Wabash College holidays.