“La Meré/La Mer” by Tim Lowly is the current art show being exhibited in the Lillian Davis Hogan gallery in the Toner Student Center. The title translates from French as “The Mother/The Sea.”
This subject is explored in the various paintings and sculptures found throughout the gallery. Tempera paintings on canvas and mixed media sculptures are a tribute to his late mother and to his daughter, Temma, whom he and his wife have cared for since infancy due to disability.
However, not all of the pieces in the gallery were created by Lowly. “La Meré” is about mothers. Artists in addition to Lowly have work in this section, artistic dedications to their own mothers. The series “My Mother” features paintings by several women acquainted with Lowly. For instance, the dresser in a dresser display had formerly belonged to the grandmother of collaborator Anna Cooper Nelson, and it was intentionally broken to create the piece now in the gallery.
“La Mer” focuses on Lowly’s daughter, Temma. This section includes a mixed media sculpture titled “II Pleut = TDL” (Stoneware), a piece featuring a ceramic sculpture of Temma on top of a pattern of strewn crocheted string.
La Meré/La Mer will be in the Lillian Davis Hogan gallery until Nov. 12.