RubberMADE is the title of an exhibition by jewelry and installation artist Courtney Starrett that will be featured at The 1912 Gallery of Emory & Henry College from Wednesday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 30 (except for Oct. 13-18, the College’s spring break).
Starrett will speak about her work during an Artalk on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30 pm in the Board of Visitors Lounge of Van Dyke Center. The Gallery, located at the Emory Train Depot, will open at 6:30 pm for viewing and after the Artalk for a reception with the artist.
Starrett currently serves as assistant professor of metals and jewelry at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. Her E&H exhibition is a collection of objects, interactive and wearable, inspired by the artist's exploration of the mid-20th century American culture of consumerism and processed goods.
The catalyst for this body of work was her curiosity about the history and industrial uses of silicone rubber and the relationship this synthetic material has with a 1950s style post-war “suburban” ranch house. This relationship has fueled the forms, colors and titles of the works in the RubberMADE collection.
Starrett holds a BFA from the University of Kansas and earned her MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn. Prior to her work at Winthrop University, she was an assistant professor of digital fabrication in industrial design and metals/jewelry design at the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich. Her work is widely exhibited and published in national journals.
Both the exhibit and the Artalk are free of charge. The 1912 Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, noon-5 pm or by appointment. Call 276.944.6866 for additional information or to make an appointment.