Art exhibit exploring ornamentation debuts at Lane

“What is lost in translation? What is gained?” These are the questions artist Lyndsay Rice asks with “Chromatic Embellishment,” a 3D art exhibition which studies the symbols of the natural world and what they mean to humans. “Chromatic Embellishment” is on display in Lane’s Building 11 gallery from Oct. 26 to Nov. 12, 2015.

Rice, a graduate of University of Oregon’s Jewelry and Metalsmithing M.F.A. program, is touring the U.S. through 2016 with exhibitions at high-profile universities and studios. “Chromatic Embellishment” is her first solo show, as well as her first show in Eugene since 2010. In addition to touring, Rice works as an assistant professor teaching Art Metals at Earlham College, Ind.

“I am interested in natural patterning and its relationship to communication in the natural world,” said Rice. Her exhibition at Lane, bearing a focus on jewelry and ornamentation, approaches this interest in many ways. The art draws from patterns such as plants and animal skins, exploring how such form can be applied to the structural shape of buildings or architectural facades.

A lecture by Rice on the process behind “Chromatic Embellishment” will be held in Building 11’s main gallery on Oct. 28, 2015 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture, with both events being free of charge.

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