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Wayfaring Stranger, On the Way to Lost and Found - Artists' Opening Reception


Artists' Opening Reception: Friday, February 1. 5-8pm.
Free and open to the public.
Artists' Opening Reception coincides with the Art 'Round Town monthly art walk in Portsmouth.


This exhibit provides work in multiple mediums by UNH art students and alumni. All work is informed by Rebecca Solnit’s collection of autobiographical essays entitled A Field Guide to Getting Lost. In this investigation into loss, losing and being lost, Solnit explores the challenges of living with uncertainty. A Field Guide to Getting Lost takes on subjects as eclectic as memory and mapmaking, Hitchcock movies, and renaissance painting. Beautifully written, the book combines memoir, history, and philosophy and sheds light on how we live today.

The work in this exhibition reflects Solnit's multitude of approaches to the theme of getting lost. UNH students and alumni responded to A Field Guide to Getting Lost by creating paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, animated GIFS, and furniture. Additionally, students from the English department will write pieces in response to the book as well as the exhibition. The artists' interpretations of this theme include exploring unknown territory, examining what is viewed as the familiar, reinterpreting art history, and focusing on the process of making art as an act of getting lost.

Wayfaring Stranger, On the Way to Lost and Found was coordinated at UNH by Sachiko Akiyama- sculptor, Portsmouth resident, and professor of art at UNH. She was also recently awarded the Artist Advancement Grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Support provided by the University of New Hampshire.


Community Read and Community Art with 3S Artspace & Portsmouth Public Library:
In January, 3S Artspace collaborated with Portsmouth Public Library for a Community Read and Community Art project. Participants were invited to create their own art in response to reading A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Community Art art is on exhibit in the Lobby Gallery for the duration of the Wayfaring Stranger exhibit.