The Brookline Arts Center will present Up/Rooted, a national exhibition juried by Cuban-born artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons with a reception 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. March 17 at 86 Monmouth Street, Brookline. The exhibit runs until April 21.
Up/Rooted explores origin, displacement and the influence of the past on the future. This exhibition examines how culture and identity relate to a sense of place. It delves into how people remain connected to a place even when they are no longer physically there.
“True connection with place lies beyond the parameters of mapped terrain,” artist Shona MacDonald wrote in her artist statement. Artists with roots across the globe, from Peru to Scotland to Russia, echoed similar sentiments of longing.
Many artists who submitted work cited familial history as the inspiration for their art.
Adrienne Der Marderosian, an artist of Armenian descent, spoke of her heritage in her artist statement: “I carry a history that embodies not only my past but that of my ancestors as well. My families’ stories of survival are not only rich and textured but also complex and traumatic. Their collective history has led me to consider how exiles that are separated from their homeland navigate their lives.”
Up/Rooted is an exhibition of 59 artists showcasing work in painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, charcoal, glass and monoprint.
Selected artists include Stephanie Angelo, Diane Barthelemy, Monique Belitz, Coco Berkman, Gail Bos, Nancy Brooks, Stephen Brucker, Francesca Brunetti, Alex Callender, Zhanna Cantor, Morgan Craig, Nayda Cuevas, Furen Dai, Adrienne Der Marderosian, Lisa Jeanne Graf, Jorge Herrera, Paul Hitchen, Agnieszka Holda, Michael Hower, Dinora Justice, Amanda Kidd Schall, Oana Lauric, Frantz Lexy, Shona Macdonald, Nancy Marks, Liliana Marquez, Jillian Melnyk, Katharine Morrill, Lior Neiger, Eric Nichols, Leah Oates, Olivia Ouyang, Marcus Parsons, Keith Plummer, Bill Porter, Ponnapa Prakkamakul, Susan Reynolds, Catie Rice, Ruth Rosner, Liz Ruest, Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson, Nancy Rumpf, Ingrid Scheibler, David Schnuckel, Tatyana Scott, Shweta Sengupta, Brittany Severance, Ian Shelly, Gaal Shepherd, Lauren Skelly Bailey, Jeff Stauder, Roi Tamkin, Joanne Tarlin, Amanda Tyahur, Andrea Wenglowskyj, Katie Wild, Andrea Zampitella, Ginny Zanger and Daniel Zeese.