Artist Bridges Gap Between Art and Medicine Through Sculpture
The University of Alabama's department of art and art history is presented the master of arts thesis exhibition of Katie Adams, titled "Space Between the Ears." The exhibition was held March 21-31, 2019, at Harrison Galleries, in downtown Tuscaloosa.
Adams designs and builds sculptures that visually express the effects of neurological disorders on those afflicted as well as the people around them, both in form and through the media in which she works.
"My sculptures examine the complications of neurological disorders," she said. "Each piece builds a perspective for viewers to experience simultaneously the breakdown of neurological systems as well as the disruption of function and communication."
She wants the experience of viewing her sculpture to bring a realization to the viewer that, as she says, "perspective can be distorted without materially changing objects."
Adams works with metal, glass, ceramics and photography for the work in this exhibition.
"Each brain model is different: with each disease the portions of the brain affected are either missing or made of glass instead of metal," she said.
Adams hopes that by bridging the gap between art and medicine through her work, she will help people understand what is happening physically and mentally with neurological diseases.
Katie Adams is a graduate student in sculpture. Adams received the BA from Western Kentucky University in art with a concentration in sculpture. Her work has been included in numerous juried and group exhibitions including Height x Width x Depth (HWD) in Kettering, Ohio; 51st Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Corpus Christi, Texas, and 24th Annual Jack Lunt Memorial Juried Art Exhibition, Bowling Green, Ky. She demonstrated at the 2016 Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Convention (SOFA) in Chicago. Her work consists mostly of metal, wood and glass components. Adams says that she searches to understand and combine nature's physical elements and systems with emotional connections.