Oct 31, 2014 12:35pm
Chaos in art at Russel Day Gallery [PHOTO]
October 11, 2013 - 12:17pm

If you were fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the Incommensurable Things exhibit at the Russell Day Gallery, you witnessed a multitude of paintings by the artists Emily Gherard and Stephanie Pierce.

Stephine Pierce shares a story about one of her paintings. // Kaleb Webber

Pierce’s past speaks a story of a bleak time that visually came to life through the powerful embrace of chaos.

Pierce answered questions from art students and teachers on Sept. 26. She spoke about her art, which included paintings based on time. She would spend months on each piece, occasionally adding small sections to each painting from varying perspectives and times of the day to create beautiful abstract works of art.

Pierce answers questions from the crowd. // Kaleb Weber 

Her avidity for art began when she was thirteen years old, a time when she "started understanding the world beyond what I had known, and began [my] education by punk music.”

“The room was like a nucleus for forming a sense of self,” she recalls, gazing at her eight-foot collage on the wall at the far end of the exhibit. In the corner of a vast empty room pasted together by memory, there was only a messy bed and an old cassette radio seeming to echo the grimy, overdriven melody of the Husker Dü tape held within.

Greg Kammer introduces Pierce. // Kaleb Weber

Punk music has had a great influence on Pierce’s art as well as her life. "Often in punk music, especially with bands like No Trend or Husker Dü, it feels like things are about to fall apart, but they hold together. It can seem like an organized chaos,” she said, “At first, you get a sense of everything all at once, but then there’s change. There can be chaos in space, and a competition for that space."

Pierce and Gherard had been friends since they met in 2004 at the University of Washington. Emily Gherard currently teaches at EvCC, North Seattle Community College and Bellevue College.

As Pierce answered questions by the students and faculty of Everett Community College, the small and dimly lit Russell Day Gallery stopped to think when she said, "Honestly, I experience a lot of doubt in regards to making work. There's always a question of where to start, what makes it in, and what about the source or process [that] will become the real subject or reason for the painting. I have to take a leap of faith that everything holds possibility. That thought is one of the reasons I keep doing it."

Currently, Pierce plays an important role in the management of a punk rock radio station in Arkansas, KXUA 88.3 FM, while at the same time teaching art at the University of Arkansas.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the Incommensurable Things exhibit at EvCC, it is located in the Russell Day Gallery in the Parks Student Union building, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays until Oct. 25. Whether you like contemporary art, appreciate paintings, or just enjoy staring at pretty colors, this exhibit is sure to impress. 


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