Saffron by Teresa Cole on view October 27, through December 8, 2017, in the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, University of Richmond Museums.
This project, titled Saffron, references time spent by the artist in the Mustang region of Western Nepal in April 2015 when an earthquake of great magnitude hit. The country was devastated and more than 8,000 Nepalese lost their lives. Leading workshops with University of Richmond students and the community, the artist has created an installation that brings attention to the immense loss and serves as a memorial for those who are gone. Made of dyed, printed, and laser-cut Japanese paper, the walls of the West Gallery in the Lora Robins Gallery are covered with yellow-orange pages that are each unique and flutter with the slightest movement, and as the artist states, “like a prayer in the wind.”
Organized by the University of Richmond Museums, the exhibition was coordinated by Richard Waller, Executive Director, University Museums, and Tanja Softić, Professor of Art, Department of Art and Art History, University of Richmond, in collaboration with the artist. The exhibition is presented in cooperation with the University’s Departments of Art and Art History, International Education, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The project and related programs are made possible in part with the support of the University’s Cultural Affairs Committee. Teresa Cole’s opening lecture is presented as part of the Department of Art and Art History’s 2017-2018 Lecture Series.