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June 16, 2004

Sculptures Made from Strands of Canvas on View at Smith College

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Smith College will host "Taiga Ermansons: Unraveled" in the Oresman Gallery of the Brown Fine Arts Center from July 1 to 30.

The exhibition, which is on view Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public. The Oresman gallery is located on the lower level of Hillyer Hall.

Ermansons uses single strands of unraveled canvas hung from the ceiling to create sculptural installations of "lines in space." "Unraveled" extends the artist's abstract linear painting and drawing to a third dimension. Of her work, Ermansons said, "I am literally drawing with canvas. I favor the use of unraveled canvas over string because the subtle spring of each strand reflects the memory of being part of a larger interwoven whole. Each line therefore expresses an inner sense as it also creates a new external form. This mirrors my hand-drawn line that conveys my internal state as it also forms an external image."

Ermansons has studied art at the School of Visual Arts and The New School in New York City and received a B.A. in Studio Art from Smith College.

She currently lives in Northampton and is a member of Gallery A3 in Amherst.


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