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Getting to the marrow of the art


Minthorne Gallery show explores both concepts of marrow, brings community together through art

The word “marrow” has two meanings. The first, what most people think about, is bone marrow. The second is the choicest of foods.

George Fox University senior Rachel Rudeen wanted to play on both meanings for her senior show at the Minthorne Gallery.by: GARY ALLEN - Community in art -- GFU graduating senior Rachel Rudeen explored the double meaning in 'marrow' for her senior show on display at the Minthorne Gallery. Part of the exhibit was hosting a 12-person dinner using the ceramics she created for the show. The dinner was recorded and plays on a monitor erected in the gallery.

“The idea behind my show is to explore how ceramics bring people together in the community,” she said. “I chose marrow because obviously when people think marrow, they think bone marrow, red blood cells are so vital but no one thinks about them. It’s the same with drinks, cups … The second means choicest of foods. I thought it really related well to handmade ceramics. When we eat from something handmade, it transforms the experience.”

Rudeen filled the gallery with a full dinner set — for 12 — tea sets and a collection of mugs.

Tim Timmerman, gallery director, said typically there are three or four graduating seniors displaying their work in the December show, but since Rudeen is the only graduating senior this semester, she had the task of filling the gallery.

“It’s a beautiful show,” Timmerman said, adding that Rudeen captured the concept she was aiming for and created a space of conversation and contemplation.

“My goal was to bring people together over food and drink,” she said.

To do so, she also held a dinner in the gallery a few days before the show opened Dec. 10.

“It (really) brought the concept to life,” she said.

And created another aspect of her show. On a continuous loop, a video plays in the gallery of the dinner, created by another GFU student.

“A lot of the pieces behind my work are collaborative, with the dinner, with the video, with the table style and with the food,” Rudeen said. “It was really a collaborative project, taking the idea that something so beautiful can come from so many people collaborating.”

She said the opening went great and there was much supportive feedback and a lot of her pieces have already sold. As for Rudeen’s future, it’s a little unclear.

“I plan to go to grad school instead of art for nursing,” she said. “I’m hoping to find a studio or space in the meantime, but (art) is something I definitely want to keep pursuing.”

Rudeen’s show “Marrow” will be on display at the Minthorne Gallery through Saturday.