Art Professor Exhibits Work on Theme of Fragility

10/14/2020

Heather Couch, assistant professor of art, is exhibiting her work in the "When We See Further" show at the Wasmer Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University.The Wasmer Art Gallery will exhibit the work of Heather Couch, an assistant professor of art at Palm Beach Atlantic, and three other South Florida artists.

The exhibit “When We See Further” runs Oct. 16 to Nov. 19 at the gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Featuring the work of Couch, Marina Font of Miami, Renee Rey of Naples and Terre Rybovich of Homestead, it explores the theme of “the body, fragility and time.” Sculpture, ceramics, photography, drawing and painting are all represented in the exhibition.

Watch Couch talk about her work here.

The artists proposed the exhibit’s timely theme last October, months before the threat of COVID-19 emerged. They worked with curator John Loscuito to create a physical and virtual exhibition, complete with dance performance. Taylor Greco, a senior dance student at Palm Beach Atlantic, designed her accompanying piece with PBA dance Professor Kathleen Klein.

Greco’s performance airs Nov. 13 on Instagram Live. Check the gallery’s website for additional details as they become available.

Couch is a ceramicist. “The idea of precariousness and fragility underlies a lot of my work,” she said. The viewer encounters installations of ceramic, with wood, often imbalanced or unstable. Many are further softened with raw sheep’s wool.

Marina Font, a native of Argentina who lives in Miami, began her art career in photography and now produces photo-based work. The same photo is used over and over, each time embellished with embroidery and other materials.

Renee Rey, who lives in Bonita Springs, Florida, and New York City, creates large, ethereal paintings that “portray alternative universes and transformative self-portraits.” Recent events have led her to rethink what it means to be connected when we are so separate.

Terre Rybovich, a resident of Homestead, is a life-long drawer who creates relief figure drawings using charcoal. Additionally, as a devoted birder, Rybovich draws birds from her photos. In quarantine, they became icons of freedom.

Photo: Heather Couch, assistant professor of art, is exhibiting her work in the "When We See Further" show at the Wasmer Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University.