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We may not have access to our newly opened Hoos Family Art Gallery, but that won't stop us from connecting together over culture in our own backyard! Pour your cup of coffee and connect with local artists from the comfort of your own home. Send your questions in advance or ask live during the 30 minute sessions. Register in advance and we'll see you soon!
Artist Description: Lois Goglia originally painted in traditional genres: portraiture, still lifes, and landscapes. In 1982, while enrolled in a graduate program at Wesleyan University, Goglia participated in a class that visited New York City galleries and museums, which exhibited contemporary art. The artwork Goglia looked at convinced her that her recent paintings, though competent, did not speak to issues of the late twentieth century. Goglia searched for a way of making art that was pertinent to the times. She found her inspiration at a veterinary hospital.
While sitting in the treatment room, Goglia's eyes fixated on an animal X-ray mounted on a light box hanging on a wall across the room. She found the animal image beautiful, despite its associations with illness. Its value contrasts, textures, and anatomical shapes made the X-ray visually compelling. X-rays provided a thematic concept that she is still investigating today: the relationship between art and science.
In Goglia's first series that utilized X-rays in her art, she incorporated animal X-rays, bandages, and medical tapes with traditional art supplies, such as canvas, India inks, suturing materials, and oilsticks to create Healing Figure Constructions.
Continuing her interest in the relationship between art and science, Goglia subsequently created a Healing Figure Sculpture Series as well as an installation titled, Galapagos Fantasy Island: A Natural Selection. Although the two series did not utilize X-ray radiographs, Goglia never lost sight of her idea to use illuminated X-ray films in a collage format.
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