Join us for our Opening
Friday, March 6  from 6-9 pm

For this Textual Encounters group exhibition, the artists of FUSEDChicago challenge themselves to create works that are inspired by the written word – poetry, narrative, song, or speech.  Some artists embed words in the surface of their paintings or monoprints, or turn pages of text into art.  For other artists, the verbal – spoken, sung or printed – serves as muse, to which they respond in the conception and creation of their pieces.  In many instances, visual interpretation brings new meaning to their source, the words that evoke the work.

The group name is derived from the process of fusing – applying heat to the wax layers so that they adhere – which is a necessary and frequent step in creating an encaustic work. FUSEDChicago was founded in 2009 and currently has forty members.  More information about the artists and the group’s exhibits and activities is available at www.fusedchicago.org. FUSEDChicago is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation.

Participating artists: Dan Addington, Cat Crotchett, VA de Pintor, Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Shelley Gilchrist, Kari Hall, Carol Hamilton, Cheryl Holz, Brad Hook, Katsy Johnson, Catherine Keebler, Pat Lagger, Laura LaRue, Jenny Learner, Elyse Martin, Ahavani Mullen, April Nomellini, Sarah Rehmer, Kathy Blankley Roman, Emily Rutledge, Jennifer Schmidt, Mary Krebs Smyth, Rebecca Stahr, Michele Thrane, Karen Tichy, Amy Van Winkle and Maike van Wijk. 


Rosemary Meza-DesPlas

Join us for our Opening
Friday, March 6 from 6-9 pm

Intimacy in the age of modernity is hampered by gender role expectations and prevailing stereotypes. In this exhibit I Love You, Man: I Think This is the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship the artworks are not dependent upon a barrage of punchlines like those found in bromance movies but rather they are quiet interludes of intimacy. In a society consumed by social media, we have numerous connectivity modalities available to us. Connections on the internet are devoid of the one basic need every human craves – real intimacy. Real intimacy involves shared space in real time and an acute awareness of one another. At a time when irony and sarcasm reign and sentimentality is pooh-poohed, Meza-DesPlas is paying tribute to women who have touched her existence by the warmth of a smile, the touch of a hand, or the brush of a kiss.