Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight
Campus Art Gallery
Opening reception: Tuesday, November
3rd, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Art Gallery (Room 3500,
3rd floor, Round Building)
Exhibition dates: November 4 – 28, 2009
Wakefield artist Claudia Flynn will exhibit “Mythos
+ Pathos” at the Community College of Rhode
Island’s Knight Campus Art Gallery from
Nov 4. to 28. An opening reception, featuring
a projection of short experimental films by Maya
Deren (1917–1961), will be held from 4 to
6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
often works with ordinary objects and materials,
transforming their use and meaning into a broader
context, providing a linkage to our ancestral
past and giving us a mirror to consider the fragility
of our humanness. “I recycle objects, ideas
and metaphors,” she said.
“Mythos + Pathos,” she presents the
rich diversity of both her material and subject
matter as she displays a unique artistic sensibility.
Portrait paintings made from nail polish hang
on the walls of the gallery while an array of
mixed-media objects are prominently placed. The
objects of her sculptures range from tree branches,
vintage keys and gold leaf-encrusted wishbones
to bronze castings. One of the largest works is
an slate chalkboard resting on a wooden easel,
where she obsessively has written her own name
Flynn, “making art comes from a primal need
for creative expression in a modern world, the
integration of self in a fractured society and
a need for a resurgence of storytelling among
our contemporaries.” Her stories come from
an internal mythical realm, connected to what
may be intrinsically feminine, that offers an
archetypal resonance within a larger universal
realm – one with feelings, compassion, struggle,
sorrow and sympathy.
Flynn and Deren, whose films will be projected
during the opening, share an appreciation for
mythical time as well as for the role of women
in being able to both reveal and transform the
ordinary into the extraordinary. One of America’s
most influential experimental filmmakers of the
1940s and ’50s, Deren wrote, directed, edited
and performed in many of her films. She was a
poet, dancer, choreographer, photographer and,
through a Guggenheim grant, studied and filmed
voodoo ritual in Haiti.
holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from
the Rhode Island School of Design. She has traveled
extensively throughout Europe, South America,
Southeast Asia and North Africa, combining her
artistic pursuits with environmental and social
concerns. In 2002, Kashi Art Gallery in Kochi,
India, invited her to create a site-specific installation
for an international environmental art exhibition,
and she completed a collection of poems reflecting
on her experiential four months living and exploring
India. She has been the recipient of several grants
from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
and most recently received the Innovators’
Program Award for Original Art in a Publication
from the John Hopkins University Press.
The gallery is located in Room 3500, on the third
floor of the round building at the Warwick campus,
400 East Ave.
Gallery hours are from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 10
a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
For more information, e-mail
gallery director Viera Levitt at email@example.com.