Spiral – Photography by Elle Halls
The catalyst for Simon-Casati’s upcoming exhibit came after the death of her mother several years ago, as she turned to art to help navigate mourning. Knowing that mother’s body would slowly decay, she wondered “where does that energy go? How does energy work? How is it that the universe is made of particles that are unseen?” These questions were the foundation of Smashing the Invisible as she explored how to express these intangible, unseen forces in her work.
For the grant project, Simon-Casati collaborated with Dr. Liliya Williams, professor of astrophysics at the University of Minnesota. In a series of conversations they explored where and how art and physics intersect. These conversations, along with Williams’ research on dark matter, were interpreted by Simon-Casati into seven large-scale abstract pieces that form the basis of this exhibit. The gestural brushwork and the microcosmic details draw the viewer into a direct encounter with the work of Simon-Casati.
Opening Reception, Saturday, January 20, 5-9 p.m.
Artist Talk, Saturday, January 27, 1-3 p.m.
Mary Simon-Casati and Dr. Liliya Williams talk about the intersection of art and physics.
Panel Discussion on Seeing the Invisible
Saturday, February 3, 1-3 p.m.
Four points of view that include art, physics, philosophy, and history. Featuring Mary Simon-Casati, Dr. Liliya Williams, Dr. Kerry Morgan, and Dr. Jennifer Manion.