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Four local female artists present Unearthed

Show opens Oct. 8 at Rick Rhodes Gallery

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Four local female artists have come together to “unearth new talent in Charleston,” as Kristy Bishop explains of the Unearthed exhibit, which she is co-curating with Sarah Frierson. Apart from revealing their own talents, Bishop and Frierson have invited friends and artists Nina Garner and Hirona Matsuda to uncover their works.

Bishop is a Charleston native whose paintings incorporate sewn fabrics and are inspired by surrounding flora and fauna, such as desert components from her time in the Mojave Desert as well as the carnivorous pitcher plant that is native to the Southeast. Co-curator Frierson’s works represent personal memories and possess a dreamy quality due to her experimentation with dripping and dropping her paintings with wax. Garner’s intricate and delicate photographs of family and friends display personal experiences that have a vintage feel from coffee and tea stains and their mounting on old book jackets. Hirona’s medium is sculpture and diorama composed of found industrial elements that work together to form little worlds of their own.

Collectively, the local ladies’ works represent an artistic idea: traditional mediums and forms are not always sufficient in portraying an artist’s true sentiments and that trying new things through mixing medias can evoke real human emotion.

The Unearthed opening reception is supplemented with refreshments provided by Three Little Birds Café and a chance to “unearth” a work by one of the four-featured artists.

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