The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

(re)Collection: Michele Randall

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - The Penn State School of Visual Arts’ (SoVA) Edwin W. Zoller Gallery is hosting Michele Randall’s MFA thesis exhibition,(re)Collection, a visual display of current and past works by Randall representing her artistic efforts over the course of her MFA student career. The exhibition will be on display Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, 2013. We invite you to attend the public reception Monday, April 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the gallery. Visit for a complete listing of Zoller Gallery events.
Randall begins with the question: how do possessions represent, bind and free us? This exhibition explores the issue of residue and material meaning. How do we assimilate objects? Items in use have a different set of values attached to those that have become relics. Today, the act of preservation is one of reverence rather than necessity. Randall’s work responds to the individual belongings, public structures, and family artifacts in her life. She is especially interested in how material values change over time. Randall desires for her prints to generate a level of ambiguity for the viewer. While she may refer to the pattern of a childhood dress, a photographed building, or the contour of a well-loved toy, the level of specificity is minimal. Placed out of context, these limned symbols provide a wider lens for the gaze of the viewer. The perimeter of the paper acts like a box, containing her (re)collections. Randall seeks to create works that give something to the viewer – partial memory, connection to time and place, or a choice based on participation. She has chosen to organize her materials in a manner that has personal meaning but allows viewers to activate the pieces with their own ideas. Working with multiples underscores meaning and emphasizes moments of importance. Within this framework, repetition, interaction, and chance play a consistent role.