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Uncontained: Painting the Imagined World of Moss

March 24 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM


“Mosses and other small beings issue an invitation to dwell for a time right at the limits of ordinary perception. All it requires of us is attentiveness. Look in a certain way and a whole new world can be revealed.”  Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer 

Join Artist-in-Residence Resa Blatman for an informal pop-up exhibit at Bigelow Chapel to view and discuss her work, “Uncontained,” a series of small moss terrarium paintings.

“Uncontained” depicts imagined plant environments in which moss and flora are breaking free of the barriers placed upon them by humans. The paintings examine both the intimate reality of moss—a small, ancient plant that thrives in dark places—and the harsh reality of humanity’s attempt to control the natural world. 

The exhibit is free and open to the public between 12pm-5pm on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24. There will be a brief Q&A with the artist at 1:00pm both days. At 12:30pm on Saturday, March 23rd, poet and fellow Artist-in-Residence Carolyn Oliver will read her poem “Of Vastness and Relation,” inspired by Resa’s moss paintings.

The event will take place in the Bigelow Chapel glass wing. No check-in required. The event registration is simply for us to gauge interest and to send registered guests a reminder about the event. 

Event capacity: 30 people at a time (i.e. the Chapel will be open, and guests are welcome to walk in at any time between 12pm and 5pm on both days). 


RESA BLATMAN is a Somerville-based visual artist who works on various projects including large-sized, wall-mounted art installations, mixed-media paintings, and drawings. Her primary studio practice consists of commissions and public art projects that speak to her reverence for nature. She exhibits her work at universities and art institutions throughout the U.S. She received her M.F.A. from Boston University and her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art + Design. Resa is represented by Childs Gallery, Boston. (www.resablatman.com)

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March 24
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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