The fiber artwork of Eugenia Ortiz will be on display at the Campanella Gallery on Park University's Parkville Campus Tuesday, Sept. 4, through Wednesday, Oct. 31. A reception is planned for Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Ortiz, who has exhibited work locally and across the country, said her work visualizes incidents in human life and occurrences found in the natural world through three-dimensional forms and diverse textures and tones.
"At times, in nature, the outside of objects can conceal what is happening inside -- a rotting tree masked by beautiful foliage or a flower bud or cocoon concealing incredible beauty, life and potential," Ortiz said. "Many times the outside appearance masks or covers what may be occurring inside, but rarely does it hide it completely. My work explores connecting these phenomena in nature to the human experience."
Sculpting in fiber allows Ortiz to capture the organic nature of life, people and experiences. She creates pieces and installations both large and small to convey the complexity of human experience as well as possibilities.
"The shapes and forms in my work are representations of the soul. I am intrigued by the complexity and the multiple layers of the human personality -- our beliefs, fears, strengths and experiences that are inwardly kept as well as those that are shared externally," Ortiz said. "The various fibers, textures and colors that I use in my work support my visual interpretation of the intricacy of the human personality."
The McAfee Memorial Library is located in Park's underground Mabee Learning Center, which can be entered through Millsap Foyer. Admission is free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
For more information about the exhibit, visit Ortiz's website at www.eugeniaortizart.com or contact Donna Bachmann, director of the Campanella Gallery and chair of Park's Department of Art and Design, at email@example.com or (816) 584-6457.