The Greenleaf Gallery, housed in historic Mendenhall on the Whittier campus, operates a full exhibition calendar, featuring the works of local and regional artists in a variety of media, offering artist lectures and opening receptions, and hosting special workshops or events.
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mendenhall Lobby, First Floor
13406 E. Philadelphia Street
Whittier, CA 90608
Currently, at the Greenleaf Gallery…
Alison Petty Ragguette
Artist talk followed by reception: Wednesday, November 9, 7 p.m.
Exhibition: October 17 to November 23, 2016
Navigating between images of the body and concepts of technology, Ragguette’s work explores the ways in which natural and synthetic worlds intersect as inspired by theories of synesthesia and biomimicry. Combining porcelain, glass, and rubber, she has developed an interdisciplinary approach to making sculptural and installation works that are dialectically playful and alien, chaotic and messy, and encapsulating and encroaching.
These works become hybridized forms that incorporate a “mash-up” of objects evoking children’s toys, tools, automotive, plumbing, and medical parts that appear to actively spill, bulge and burst. These sculptural objects confront both natural and artificial forces, as they embody the physicality of protection, preservation, and containment. Her work explores these potentially hazardous scenes of recreation with the objective to discover the awkward beauty within the precariousness of every day life. Surrendering to the irony that the contemporary world is beyond human control, Ragguette’s intention is to elicit full engagement, even if just a momentary sensation of the inherent values of curiosity and play.