by Erica Duffy-Voss
Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
February 5 - March 19, 2010
Erica Duffy-Voss is an assistant professor of art at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. She received her bachelor of fine arts in metalsmithing from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design in Ann Arbor and also holds a master of fine arts in metalsmithing from Miami University School of Fine Arts in Oxford, Ohio. She has had solo shows in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio, and been included in group invitation exhibition from Texas to California to Saint Petersburg, Russia. She has also exhibited in several juried shows and won awards at several of them, including Best of Show at the Michigan Silversmiths Guild 2005 Exhibition. She has presented and lectured at a variety of conferences and universities.
For more information, please visit Duffy-Voss' personal website.
“The psychological space between two interacting people is difficult to describe, yet it is an active zone in which meaning is transformed, interpreted, and made. The phenomena that disrupt communication are even harder to identify. It is these phenomena that I give visual and concrete form as objects relating to the body. The body is central to these experiences. Our physical bodies allow us to interface with the world; regardless of our background, history, or culture, we understand physical experiences innately through the physical body. These experiences promote critical reflection upon one’s thoughts, values, beliefs, and assumptions by creating an environment that draws attention to the disruption of communication. Just as our past experiences have helped form our construct of meaning, so too, these new experiences become a part of how we interpret our environment and reflect upon the process of communication."