Owens to display Mayfield-Guerrero exhibit on Findlay CampusWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The work of photographer and mixed media artist Tinola Mayfield-Guerrero is constantly in a state of becoming, much like the artist herself. Mayfield-Guerrero’s latest acts of creative evolution titled “Nearly There” are set to open in the Library Gallery of Owens Community College’s Findlay-Area Campus on February 14.
“We actually had a really wonderful photography program in my high school and that’s how I got started as an artist. It was photography that fueled my desire to tell stories with my work. I previously took part in a faculty show at Owens, and two pieces from that show are in this exhibit, which really documents the central question of my work, what is woman?–which comes from Simone de Beauvoir. I would say that my work is a blend of found objects, chaos, and metaphysics. I use bark, bones, twigs; things like Barbie dolls make a great canvas. I have an idea and it will sit there festering and then it will just manifest. Some of the things in this show our concepts that I’ve been playing with for a few weeks, some for a few years. The whole world inspires my work; I feel like we are almost always becoming ourselves, that’s where the title of the show comes from,” said Mayfield-Guerrero.
Mayfield-Guerrero serves as an Instructor of Communications, Humanities and Languages at Owens. Her professional and community involvement includes previously holding board-level membership with the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women in Toledo and serving as Adjunct Advisory Committee Chair at Monroe County Community College. Her work has appeared in venues throughout New York and Ohio, including as part of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women’s “No One You Know: An Art Show of Reunification” exhibition.
In addition to the exhibit, the College will also host a reception and gallery talk with Mayfield-Guerrero on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 6-8 p.m. The reception, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Findlay-area Campus Library located on Bright Road in Findlay. The exhibit runs through March 21.
“My work is about what’s changing, what’s happening right now. I’m just hoping that this show will spark an interesting conversation and that attendees will leave with an interesting question.”
More information on the career and work of Tinola Mayfield-Guerrero can be found at http://tinolamayfieldguerrero.com.
For more general information, call (567) 429-3500 or visit www.owens.edu.