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Dueling Voices

Works by Dana Tupa and Tiffany Leach opening Friday, October 5

Leach’s body of work is empowered by the associations of cultural influence in terms of relationships, language and the exploration of journey. The forms used are hybrids of figurative shapes, animal traits and horizon lines reminiscent of the southern landscape. This creates a scale that offers a perspective of both the intimacy and vastness of an environment, and relationships. The body of work is self-reflective and strives to portray physical and emotional relationships, conversations, thoughts and the social persona we project as individuals searching for connections to a larger body often preserved in the fragmentation of our memory. Leach’s work strives to be narrative in nature but allows for the viewers to find their own story and reflective moment.

Tupa’s work is empowered by investigations into the ephemerality of memory and the devices we use as mnemonic signifiers for personal communication. Tupa is at heart a maker of objects that consider the wonderment of human experience. Creating a dialogue of nostalgia between maker and viewer is important. She concentrates on capturing moments in time through simulated objects. The subjects, independent of Tupa’s intended symbolism, encourage viewers to reflect personally. Relationships between the simulated objects allude to the fluidity of our own desires and thoughts in attempts at predicting an outcome or recalling a memory. Tupa explores adaptations and imitations amid her traditional realism for the new body of work.

The significance of the combined artist exhibition is multifaceted. The artwork produced for Dueling Voices is a continuation of both artists’ current bodies of work with a purpose to further develop their research of interactions and communication through observation of viewer interpretation.

Comparative analysis of a two-person exhibition is conventional. For Leach and Tupa, the comparisons are easy to recognize. Leach is more concerned with the emotion content of communication where as Tupa is concerned with the scientific content of memory consolidation when comparing their art as communication devices. Leach’s sculptures depict the unseen components of the act of communicating while also physically connecting subject to subject. Leach often works with the figure as a component of anthropomorphic communication. Tupa decidedly omits the figure and concentrates on the physical simulated object to spark neurotransmitters in viewers. Few physical connections occur amid Tupa’s work. Leach’s connections are visual allusions to communication as connectors whereas Tupa’s are intuitive mapping with little physical contact. Both artists depict connections in objects as a form of communication. The physical output and manner in which they do so, differs. They seek through Dueling Voices to compare and contrast stylistic elements of form to observe audience reaction as communicators and to observe varying levels of personal communication and memory recall.