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Naomi Falk to Exhibit Installation Work Nov. 11 - Dec. 18

Photo of Naomi J. Falk Swallow(ed)

Naomi J. Falk, a visiting assistant professor at The College of William and Mary, will exhibit “Swallow(ed)” in the Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery Nov. 11 – Dec. 18, at Bridgewater College.

An artist’s talk will be presented at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in the Boitnott Room. An artist’s reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Miller Gallery. The talk, reception and exhibition are open to the public at no charge.

 “Swallow(ed)” began as a tribute to the individuals affected by the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. As Falk was building the piece, Katrina and several other hurricanes hit the United States Gulf Coast. In addition, the U.S. and the world were affected by natural and man-made disasters.

“Because of the ongoing effects from Hurricane Sandy and the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, the work remains relevant and timely,” said Falk.

The installation includes palm-sized porcelain bowls filled with saltwater representing the ocean, as well as tears. Falk said the show speaks to the fragility and resilience of peoples’ lives, both physically and psychologically.

Falk received a B.F.A. in studio art in ceramics and sculpture from Michigan State University in East Lansing, did post-baccalaureate study in sculpture at Portland State University in Oregon and earned an M.F.A. in studio art from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

She has completed residencies in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony and chaNorth in New York and at Nes Artist Residency in Kagaströnd, Iceland.

In addition to teaching, Falk is gallery coordinator and technician in the department of art and art history at W&M.

The Miller Gallery is located on the second floor of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library. The Gallery is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Posted 10/30/13

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