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Handbook by Carol Bagenal

House of Words: Sculpture by Caroline Bagenal

September 3 - October 1 in the Winfisky Gallery

Caroline Bagenal's sculptures express the idea of the printed word as a shelter and a refuge. In several pieces she evokes architecture by balancing books on stilts. another series is inspired by African meeting houses called Toguna, translated as "House of Words." Using reeds that she collects from the marshes near her Newburyport home, Bagenal creates works that draw upon forms found in the rural and seaside landscape such as bird blinds, haystacks, fences, and lobster traps. Marsh reeds do not grow in straight lines and this imbues the geometric forms which she creates from these materials with a distinctive, hand-drawn quality.

Caroline Bagenal is an associate professor at Montserrat College of Art and is the director of the African study abroad program. She is also a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery.

This exhibition is curated by Salem State Professor Ken Reker. An artist's reception will be held on Wednesday, September 17 at 2 pm. 

Image at left is "Handbook" by Caroline Bagenal.



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