April Steckline exhibit explores the complexity of legacy

By Matthew Fowler, A&E Editor

A Kentucky artist will display art at Newman throughout April.

Newman’s Steckline gallery will host artist Jessica Page’s exhibition “Reflecting on a Legacy.”

Page, a lecturer of photography and video at the University of Kentucky, was originally connected to Newman’s art community by Emily Ritter, an assistant professor of digital design at Newman.

Her exhibition, Page said, investigates the nuance of legacy and contemplates the intricacy of individuals’ perceptions of others.

“The message that I would want to convey with my art is the importance of looking beyond the surface of other individuals,” Page said. “This particular body of work is related to the idea of legacy and how that can be defined in multiple ways instead of just the traditional definition.”

Much of Page’s artwork involves a variety of mediums and has included visual projections of photos, wallpaper, ceramics, fabric, lightboxes and window blinds.

Page said that this technique and the combination of intergenerational awareness is one of the ways that “Reflecting on a Legacy” encourages deep thought into one’s own limited perspective.

“For me, the blending of materials and processes is a way to show the complicated nuances of being human,” Page said. “I incorporated lots of layers in my work, physically and metaphorically. Some pieces require the viewer to interact with the work or to look through something to see the image/video.”

One of the artworks in “Reflecting on a Legacy” uses a lightbox and allows the viewer to manipulate a window blind to view two different perspectives.

The exhibit will premier today during the Art for Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. in the Steckline Gallery in DeMattias building. Then, there will be a First Friday opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday.

Additionally, the Steckline Gallery will be open for public viewing during its standard operating hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays throughout April.

PHOTO: Courtesy photo, Jessica Page