New Biblio Gallery Exhibit: The Space Within You and Me

Feb. 23, 2024, noon

part of arm and chest covered in bra painted in pink or left and tan particles on right

The new Biblio Gallery exhibit on the 4th floor of Bird Library features Kirstin Dunlap’s and Emma Schwartz’ work “The Space Between You and Me,” on display from February 24 through April 24, 2024.

The Space Within You and Me touches the boundaries of their intimate and expansive observations of the self in our universe. They explore how interconnected we are with those around us and the unexplainable expanse of the unknown. Dunlap explores this process through the meditative process of printmaking and papermaking. She creates representational landscapes of her body and space to show how we operate through various macro and micro levels with everything around us. Within her work, there is a sense of wonder about our place in the world and what our limited time on earth means when the space we inhabit here is so small. Schwartz explores these ideas through oil painting. She is focusing on the impact of interpersonal interactions of her past and their effect on the present. Her personal experience of unlearning the shame she was taught to feel about her desires is where this journey starts. She features intimate moments, objects and instances of play that have helped her push back against the false ideals she was brought up with. Through viewing these works she aims for us to emulate, in our own lives, the inquisition and care she has fought for.

Kirstin Dunlap is a print-centered artist from Chicago where she also completed her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently she is pursuing her MFA degree in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Within her practice, she explores realms of the universe down to the dirt that we stand on here on Earth. All of which is a study of the anomalies and natural cycles that take place all around us, relating it all to her connection with her body living with chronic illness.

Emma Schwartz is from Lincoln, Nebraska. She received a BFA in Drawing and Illustration from Herron School of Art + Design. Currently, she is an MFA Candidate at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. She had a solo exhibition with Storage Space Gallery in Indianapolis, IN and has appeared in group exhibitions at the Indianapolis Art Center, the Harrison Center and Lost Dog Gallery in Indianapolis; Governors Island and Visionary Projects in NYC; and Soft Times Gallery in San Francisco. Her work focuses on the ways indoctrination is used within the religious and secular realms to control sexuality and our views of right and wrong. She looks to her singular and collective experiences to convey these expansive observations and their ignominious effects on the development of personal morals. She features communal and solitary settings in her work, where individual inquisition, care and mutual consciousness-raising occur.

For more information about the Biblio Gallery, contact S. Ann Skiold, MFA, MLIS, Visual Arts and Language Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries or apply to submit an exhibit via Biblio Gallery exhibition form.

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