At the UCC Art Gallery


Be-longing, by Eugene artist Mika Boyd is on display through Feb 6.

The Art Gallery at Umpqua Community College is pleased to present be-longing, a site-specific installation created by Eugene artist Mika [mee-kuh] Boyd. The exhibit will run from January 5 – February 6, 2015. The Art Gallery at UCC is open from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and during evening performances in Centerstage Theatre. On Friday, January 16, 2015, the artist will present a brown bag artist's talk, at noon, with a reception to follow. Both events that day are free and open to the public.

Boyd describes the components of the exhibit in these terms, “In this installation, "be-longing," I engage in arduous labor, meticulously hand-crafting each object. Either palm-sized or accumulated to a 10ft scale, individual components doused in my concentrated energy of actions and processes become a network that fills the whole installation space”. Mika goes on to discuss how the works of art on display came from a very personal place. “All the insects in the gallery, especially moths are a symbol for life/death, re-generations and migrations. I chose materials that enable me to layer patterns and create a flooding mass without losing its delicacy; ironically, its femininity parodies my identity. Questions about what it means to repeat and go across geographical and emotional borders are deeply embedded in the objects that carry their own memories. I thread and connect them into a metaphysical loop. The red threads embody links and ties that I deeply long for.”

Mika Aono Boyd’s recent work explores humanness in absurdity and futility through laborious processes, giving meaning to the meaningless. Born in Sendai, Japan Mika received BA in Primary/Special Ed from Miyagi University of Education, studied Art at Macalester College, MN. She went on to receive a BA in Art from the University of Oregon, and a MFA in Printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute. She was one of the recipients of Murphy and Ca-dogan Contemporary Art Awards in 2012. Her work has been shown at exhibitions and galleries nationally and internationally. She currently works as a studio technician for Printmaking and Fibers in the Department of Art at the University of Oregon.

For more information contact Susan Rochester at 541-440-4692

Photo: Mika Boyd - Mikamoths credit: (Boyd)

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