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Embracing the Chaos

By: Erin Elizabeth

What is the purpose of celebration? Is it empty, bound to disappoint, or is it ritualistic punctuation of the mundane? Are routine experiences less important than celebratory moments that require preparation and planning? Embracing the Chaos explores these ideas and calls into question how meaning is assigned to experience. Each piece is a case study utilizing carriers of celebration such as cake, sprinkles, and gold leaf in an attempt to understand the paradoxical hierarchy of experiential value.

The exhibition explores cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental issues such as waste, consumerism, feminism, and social identity. Homage is paid to monotony, banality is exalted, and celebration is subjugated with chaos. The work teeters in an ambiguous chasm between expectation and reality, desperately attempting to capture fleeting moments while simultaneously surrendering to the inevitability of change. 

Exhibit Dates: January 6th-February 12th

Opening Reception: January 6th, 4-6 PM


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Dittmar Memorial Gallery, established in 1972, is a student-operated gallery that enlightens and challenges the Northwestern University community with the works of emerging and underrepresented artists from the Chicago area and the Midwest. The staff at Dittmar is dedicated to developing and fostering the Northwestern community’s awareness of the changing attitudes and trends in the art world. We invite artists who work in the contemporary vein, as well as artists who offer an alternative perspective that hinges on the periphery of the art world. In essence, our goal is to provide well-deserved exposure to those outside or on the margins of the mainstream art world.

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