Fragile Vessels: Cheryl Derricotte and Nate Lewis

cheryl.derricotteFragile Vessels is an exhibit of work by Cheryl Derricotte and Nate Lewis. Derricotte’s work on glass and paper is shaped by home (or homelessness); natural beauty (or disasters), memories of happiness (or loss).  Both glass and paper are translucent and seemingly fragile, yet they are hearty enough to survive the passage of time between civilizations. Originally from Washington, DC, Derricotte lives and makes art in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds the Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), the Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University.  Awards include Emerging Artist at the Museum of the African Diaspora; Gardarev Center Fellow; Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass’ Visionary Scholarship and a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities/National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship Grant.

Lewis’ work is a visual reflection of the competing elements of genetics, the microbiological world, human intervention through medical care, and appeals to the divine which all have a stake in determining the outcome of patients in critical care units. He makes repetitive cellular cuts on paper that reveal these unseen competing elements, creating textures and movement that mirror the internal transformations of patients, their families, and himself. A self-taught artist, drawing inspiration from anatomy, physiology, disease processes and his nursing experience, he creates stunning, intricate sculptures out of  single sheets of paper that visually combine the aesthetics of drawing, sculpture, etching, embroidery, and textiles.

Cheryl Derricotte and Nate Lewis: Fragile Vessels

Julio Fine Arts Gallery, Loyola University Maryland
4501 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210

Thursday, November 10 – Sunday, December 11
Monday, Nov. 14, 7-8 p.m. Panel Discussion:The Fragility of Black Bodies and Why It Matters, panel discussion with the artists, Cheryl Derricotte and Nate Lewis, and featuring Kaye Whitehead & Matthew Mulcahy.
Tuesday, November 15, 5-7 p.m. Artists’ Reception and artists’ talk in the gallery

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