The Evidence of Being

Works by Erin Wiersma

Exhibition: October 6 – November 4
Gallery Reception: October 14, 12:00-2:30 p.m.

Artist Statement:

Figuration has consistently been the foundation of my paintings. My practice as an artist has progressed from observing the tangible human form of another, to the physical representation of myself in relationship to the paper, to expressing the emotional and intangible aspects that make up my being. When I paint, I seek to maintain a meditative-like state in which I’m present and in the moment, experiencing what T.S. Eliot calls “a still point of the turning world.” Freed from ordinary time in this way, I give myself a place where I can ask questions and search for assurance; with large surfaces to paint on, engaging the scale of my whole body, I’m able to use my physical energy and manipulate materials to see beyond myself, to catch a glimmer of something powerful and ineffable. Tracing my body’s movements, I generate a language of marks across the surface of the paper, leaving physical evidence of my presence, residues of energy transcribed over time as lyrical passages and encountered again in the present. Observing this score of bodily gestures, I discover a confluence of the spiritual and the material.

Gallery of Works:

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1981-82 National Championship Women's Basketball Team

Coach Dick Halterman
Coach John Cochran
Ball Boy – Troy Halterman
Eleanor Carr
Rochelle McKenzie
Brenna Kelly
Carmela McMullen
Tammy Harryman
Janet Thompson
Kim Cooley
Lisa Brown
Georgia Hinson
Kathy Schulz
Denise Derrieux
Margrett Bassett
Jackie Glosson
Marion Fitzsimmons
Manager – Debbie Brown
Manager – John Peveler

1980-1981 Women's Basketball Team

Coach Dick Halterman
Coach John Cochran 
Sandy Moore
Pat Seger Zeitlow
Lisa Linathcum Holt
Patty Rapp Thorne
Renne Skaggs Brown
Vickie Crigler
Elenaor Carr
Rochelle McKenzie
Sheri Sills Schneider
Sara Figg Gillilan
Manager Roxie Robinson
Manager Debbie Brown

1977-78 Women’s Team

Coach Joyce Campbell
Assistant Coach Steve Hunter
Mary Smiley Wohlford
Linda Connor Seidt
Robin Fitzsimmons Trammell
Janet Jackson
Debbie Stith Head
Kristie Richards Musick
Donna Farris David
Brenda Rucker
Neal Head, trainer
Cara Sue Bowden Cockerham, manager