ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Painter and printmaker
Constance Pierce, associate professor of visual arts at St. Bonaventure
University, is one of 12 artists internationally to be invited to
participate in “The Fifth Art on Paper” exhibition now under way at the
Museum of Art in Toyota City, Nagoya, Japan.
For Pierce, among
the artists invited by guest curator Ryozo Morishito, it marks her
second appearance in the exhibition in as many years. She participated
in “The Fourth Art on Paper” exhibition in 2010.
exhibiting a new series of allegorical figurative watercolors titled
“The Dance: Epiphany and Loss.” The images in this series are meant to
bear witness to the joys and sufferings of the human soul.
intent was to communicate the radiant energy and spirituality expressed
by the human form in the epiphany of dance, as well as in the torment
of suffering,” said Pierce.
“The intense emotions of life’s darkness
and light are synthesized and transfigured in the ritual of dance and I
wanted my figures to embody this dichotomy. I engage these images for
the revelations they may offer to the human psyche.”
museum decided to hold the exhibition in spite of the recent natural
and nuclear disasters that continue to devastate Japan. “Though my
watercolors were created before the recent tragedies in Japan, I wish
to dedicate my series to the anguish, grace, and endurance now
illuminated in the people of Japan,” said Pierce.