by Chris Meyer
Center for Faith and Life
February 2 - March 18, 2005
Chris Meyer lives and works in Rollingstone, MN. She holds a BFA in printmaking from the University of Minnesota and is a frequent exhibitor at the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Juried Exhibit, where she has earned both a Merit Award and the Second Place Award in Printmaking. Other awards include an Award of Excellence from the Bloomington Art Center's 22nd Annual Juried Exhibit, 3rd Place Award at the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council's Regional Art Competition, and a 2nd Place Ribbon from the Phipps Center for the Arts Members Juried Show in Hudson, WI. She has had solo exhibits in several locations, including Lutheran Brotherhood, Minneapolis, MN; The Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN; and the Winona Art Center, Winona, MN. In 1998, St. Thomas University purchased two of her prints for its permanent collection.
"In the Japanese Shinto religion, a kami is understood to mean anything that can inspire in human beings a feeling of awe, reverence or mystery. When something is said to possess kami-nature, it has a power to awaken within us a sense of beauty, joy, love of nature or fascination with the universe. It may be expressed as a love of nature, but also as a love of life itself, and as a sense of reverence before life's power and vitality. Bodies of water are typically considered kami in Japanese culture, as are forests, and special trees or rocks.
Having moved to the Upper Mississippi River Valley from the Twin Cities metro, I have experienced and recognized the kami of the Mississippi and the surrounding bluff country area. This show reflects the kami I feel towards the area I live in, but also my individual attempts to achieve kami and to inspire kami in the art work that I do. It is an attempt to both display and evoke the spiritual effect of the river and the river valley."