Harrington's artwork on display at U of O

Release Date: 3/6/2008

Clarksville, Ark. --- University of the Ozarks assistant professor of art Tammy Harrington will display her exhibit titled "Maternal Transformation" as the Artist of the Month for March at the university's Stephens Gallery.

Harrington, who has been at U of O since 2002, earned her B.A. from the University of South Dakota and her M.F.A. from Wichita State University. There will be reception to meet the artist at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, in the gallery, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center.

Her exhibit, Maternal Transformation, reflects the impact that cross-culture influences (Chinese and American) have had upon her development and growth, according to Harrington.

“Each culture is equally influential, yet they are both so different from each other,” she said. “In addition, I have entered the world of motherhood, which seems to trump both cultures in the level of intensity and emotional impact upon my existence. My work is very personal, so I have chosen self-portraiture as the most direct and appropriate way to investigate this theme. I use symbolic color, pattern and iconography to represent the two cultures. My work uses this combination of figure, color, pattern and mix of real and flattened space.”

Harrington said she has recently expanded her subject matter to include her two children.

“My role as a mother has had a profound influence on my identity,” she said. “I am no longer defined by my experiences but also the lives I lead through my children … The figures are typically black and white in order to focus on value, texture and expression. These artworks reflect my journey, my identity and the maternal transformation that I have gone through.”

The Stephens Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is no cost for admission. For more information, call 479-979-1349.

Mother and Child