Wayne Roosa Artist Talk - Mattering the Soul

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After 37 years of teaching at Bethel, Wayne Roosa is retiring and we are celebrating his work with a physical exhibition and virtual art talk. Roosa's exhibition Mattering the Soul celebrates the union of the material and the spiritual, not in binary terms but as reciprocal terms. Their relationship is symbiotic, a Möbius paradox and pleasure, an elusive dynamic which is known more than thought. That knowing—that mattering—is best felt from inside the generative acts of creative making and resonant viewing. In this virtual artist talk Roosa reflects on what it means to him to be an art historian and the works and ideas that influence him as an artist, including the philosophy of Martin Buber and poetry of Mary Oliver. He explains the four different bodies of work in the exhibit and some of the individual pieces in detail and how they represent the interaction of matter and soul and the mundane and transcendent.

The physical exhibition was on view in Bethel's Olson Gallery from September 8 - December 18, 2020.


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Contributors: Wingard, Michelle Westmark (curator, facilitator); Carlson, Eleanor (installation); Faltin, Emma (installation)