Putting the Pieces Back Together

Iguana by John Udvardy (Rhode Island)
assemblage. Courtesy of the artist.


Putting the Pieces Back Together

at the Bristol Art Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
12 February-1 April 2022

“Putting the Pieces Back Together” is a juried exhibition of collages and constructions by 105 artists from twenty-two states. The works express the idea of putting life back together after the COVID-19 pandemic. University of Rhode Island Professor of Art Bob Dilworth served as juror. The organizers received over 430 submissions for the exhibition.

from “Book of Covid Series: II & III. Home Alone” by Estelle Roberge (New Mexico)
collage and mixed media using decorative papers from the artist’s and Pamela Smith’s collections; 2020-2021. Courtesy of the artist.

“With interest from artists across the country, this national exhibit of collage and construction invited artists to express themselves about the impact of the pandemic,” said the Bristol Art Museum’s Exhibition Curator, Mary Dondero. “Artists were invited to cut, rip, layer, and paste, re-contextualize, digitally stitch, create and build art from fragments that suggest new narratives, explore human relationships that reveal coded memories, dreams, or desires. The result is a collection of unique pieces that document the pandemic from several perspectives representative of many geographic locations throughout the country.”

Garden Salad by Anthony Salemme (Rhode Island)
collage. Courtesy of the artist.

“This national call not only provides an opportunity to highlight the practice of these disciplines, it also gives expression in a time of challenge and defiance to what we have come to term ‘the new normal,’” said Prof. Dilworth. “It is encouraging to see how creativity reflects real life as artists compose, build and construct with whatever materials are at hand – fabric, paper, metal, rope, wire, or nails; as they reorganize, readjust, acclimate, reorient and reacquaint themselves to this unique moment. In this regard, each work in the show is a triumph.”

(text adapted from materials provided by the museum and the artists)


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