The Vanderbilt University Department of Art welcomes to Space 204 an exhibition of paintings by senior lecturer Farrar Hood Cusomato. Frontier will be on display now through Friday, March 17, with a reception for the artist on Thursday, February 23, from 4 to 6 pm in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center.
“I consider the natural world to symbolize a bridge between physical reality and a parallel spiritual world that is always present, but most often exists beyond the visible,” says Cusomato in her artist’s statement. “The naturalistic settings or references to nature within my paintings serve to present this personal spiritual foundation, but also reflect the cyclical aspects of growth and evolution presented by the life experience.”
Through loose narrative imagery, Cusomato investigates the “notion of balancing multiple worlds of experience while navigating time and temporality, discord, and eventual transition and upheaval. Fabric, quilts, or other traditional crafted artworks with elements of pattern and design are often used as subjects and coalesce with the natural elements to symbolize a psychological state, awareness, or femininity.”
Cusomato received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. She earned her master of fine arts degree with a concentration in painting and a master’s in the history of art and design from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She is currently a senior lecturer at Vanderbilt teaching painting and drawing, while her home and studio are in Centerville, TN. She has exhibited her work nationally in group and solo exhibitions.
Space 204 is located on the second floor of the Ingram Studio Art Center, 25th Avenue South and Garland on Vanderbilt’s main campus. All Space 204 exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.
Meditation, 2016, oil on wood panel, 48 x 36 inches