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Taking Part in New York Exhibition

Tinted Aquarell painting in vivid colours
Exhibition Flyer "Art in Isolation"

Name of the Exhibition: Art in Isolation

Organization: Columbia University & Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Date: 27.3.-30.4.2021


Shortly before the Lockdown the artist had been awarded the FWF-funded artistic research project:

Dementia.Empathy.Education.Arts.Artistic Research on Patterns of Perception and Action in the Context of an Aging Society (AR 609).

The goal was to cooperate with nursing homes and schools, which was suddenly no longer possible. Instead, the research group conducted online workshops. The artist abstracted results from participants into so-called parts "TANS", parts of memory that are suddenly no longer a whole, in people with dementia. Sight increasingly disappears in people with dementia and puts everything in a kind of fog.

People with dementia often isolate themselves from society. At the time of the Lockdown, we all experienced isolation. The colors faded for both, people with dementia, who were increasingly unable to understand the situation, and for artists, who had to learn to deal with a reduced perception of the world.It is a before and after, one and the same image.

>> See my artwork the "Disappearance of Colors" in the virtual exhibit

Oil Painting in yellow green and blue
Disappearance of Colors | Oil Painting 2020 | 39x55in | ©Ruth Mateus-Berr
Oil Painting with white paint over colored paint
Disappearance of Colors | Oil Painting 2020 | 39x55in | ©Ruth Mateus-Berr

About the Exhibition

The Exhibition "Art in Isolation" is curated by HC Huynh (The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts)

HC Huỳnh is an artist and arts administrator working in New York City. Her work ranges from performance, video, installations, fiber, and painting. Huỳnh often plays a proxy character, The Dunce, to instigate, question, and subvert social interactions and semantics. Currently, she is the Operations Coordinator at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, a 501c3 non-profit organization located in New York City dedicated to providing artists across all disciplines with space, tools and a cooperative forum for the development of individual practice.

She holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Pratt Institute and BFA as a dual major in Painting and Studio Education from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. She’s conducted public programming, talks, and panel discussions with The Immigrant Biennial, EFA Project Space, the City of Santa Clarita, and the United Nations. |

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