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Sep
29
2022

Being Bipolar in a Polarized World - Art Exhibit

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When: Thursday, September 29, 2022
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Central

Where: Norris University Center, Dittmar Gallery, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Debra Blade   (847) 491-2307

Group: Dittmar Memorial Gallery

Category: Fine Arts

Description:

This exhibit created by Chicago artist Kelly Mathews, exemplifies how the personal is political within the context of art. Having been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder after years of destructive behavior, Mathews understands the meaning of the "edge" and often steps close to it when creating art, resulting in bold and fearless work. Her power lies in the purest form of honesty. There is no pretension or art speak. What we see is what she feels.

Kelly Mathews is an artist from Chicago, IL.  She was born in small town Iowa where she pursued two things, art, and Arabian horses.  After receiving her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, Kelly spent the next 22 years professionally training and showing Arabian horses.  Her students have won numerous top National honors in the United States and Canada.  Retiring in 2014 from professional riding, Kelly has returned full time to her art. Her history with addiction, rehab, recovery and Bipolar disorder lend her a unique perspective on the world around her.  Primarily using encaustic and photography, her work deals with social and political issues and erasing the stigma of mental illnessKelly Mathews is an artist from Chicago, IL.  She was born in small town Iowa where she pursued two things, art, and Arabian horses.  After receiving her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, Kelly spent the next 22 years professionally training and showing Arabian horses.  Her students have won numerous top National honors in the United States and Canada.  Retiring in 2014 from professional riding, Kelly has returned full time to her art. Her history with addiction, rehab, recovery and Bipolar disorder lend her a unique perspective on the world around her.  Primarily using encaustic and photography, her work deals with social and political issues and erasing the stigma of mental illness

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