Current Art Exhibit On Display: Folded Poetry, by Eliza Redmann

Artist Statement:

Through this work, I offer my community a story of resiliency. When a car accident upended my health, personal life, and career as an architect, I was forced to reinvent myself. I found a way to utilize my creative potential for healing through art.

This work is inspired by the persistent visual disturbances caused by my traumatic brain injury. Often when I look at patterns, they appear to swim or move on their own accord, much like an optical illusion. Through this work I seek to capture the structure of regular patterns and shapes while adding a layer of geometric information which the eyes and brain can't quite make sense of. In representing the symptoms of my traumatic brain injury visually, I challenge viewers to perceive outside of what is normal or traditional, just as I must now live, adapt, and navigate the world in new ways.

Using 3D modeling software, I design the entire work of art in a digital space before ‘unfoldingʼ it piece by piece. I flatten each entity to be printed, cut, and folded - born into its physical form. I use simple materials - cardstock paper, foam board, and Elmer’s glue. I selectively use color to enhance the geometry, focusing primarily on line and shadow.

My hope is that my art resonates with community members by demonstrating that no matter how dire the circumstances, hope is available to each of us to transform our lives for the better.

How Eliza Does Their Work

Kathryn H. Wallace Artist in Community Service

Eliza is this year’s Kathryn H. Wallace Artist in Community Service recipient. This endowment honors Kathryn H. Wallace, a longtime community volunteer in the arts who maintained a deep belief that individuals, corporations, and society as a whole should support the work of individual artists. Her endowment funds the stipend of an artist who has, “through his or her art and/or other activities, made a significant contribution to the local community.”

For years, Eliza has been a volunteer with Durham Area Designers, an organization that advocates for better cities and public spaces by providing a forum to discuss architecture and urban design, and facilitating community design workshops to engage citizens in the transformation of their city. Working with both government and nonprofit agencies, Durham Area Designers helps envision urban environments which are safer, more inclusive, environmentally and culturally-responsible while facilitating smart growth.

Interested in learning more about Eliza or making a purchase?

See more of Eliza's work on their website, and follow them on Instagram (@folded_poetry).

Information on materials, size, and pricing of the pieces in the Folded Poetry exhibition can be found here. If you are interested in purchasing any of the pieces, please contact Katie Seiz, Executive Director of Durham Art Guild at gallerydirector@durhamartguild.org. All sales from this venue are processed through the Durham Art Guild.

Past Artists

The Foundation has had the pleasure of having the works of these fine local artists on display in our gallery in past exhibits. We encourage you to visit their websites, go see their art in person, and learn more about their artwork and journeys. Let them know we sent you!

  • Jermaine "JP" Powell - visual artist whose work focuses on human relationships and materialism
  • Dare (pronounced DahRay) Kumolu-Johnson - photographer using beautiful compositions to create stories
  • Lakeshia Reid - paintings that  celebrate the beauty, power and resilience of Black women
  • Sharron Parker - handmade felt works by Triangle-based artist
  • Annie Nashold - paintings with a focus on local connections through interviews, conversation, and community
  • Leah Sobsey and Tim Telkamp - photography with a wet plate collodion process used to help engage the community and bring people together
  • Sass Art - painter focused on exploring the complexities of femme identity through up-close portraits
  • Moriah LeFebvre - mixed media focused on the changes in downtown Durham
  • Veronique Moses - photographer, documentary work
  • William Thomas - painter focused on representations of diverse people in his social circle
  • Lisa Creed - painter focused on two distinct types of art: abstract and sky & sea
  • Frank Myers - photographer, has done extensive work with Jazz musicians
  • Bruce Mitchell - painter focused on realism, medium: oil painting

Why does the Foundation have an art gallery?

Because we believe that a strong commitment to the arts is an important part of our vision for the community.

As part of our focus on cultural arts, the Foundation's office space also serves as a rotating art gallery, for two main reasons: to support and foster local artists, and to encourage our community to connect and engage in meaningful conversation inspired by art. The Triangle Community Artists Gallery, housed within our office space at the Frontier in partnership with the Durham Art Guild (DAG), hosts artwork from local artists for periods of six months at a time. All artists in the gallery are chosen by a jury panel of fundholders and donors with an interest in the arts. The art on display, unless marked, is available for purchase. We are proud of this partnership with DAG, our jury of community leaders and arts-minded fundholders, and the artists we have the great pleasure of showcasing each cycle.

Due to COVID-19, we are offering a virtual art gallery only at this time.

Interested in learning how to turn your office into a curated art gallery?

Learn more about the DAG [email protected] program, and see how they can help you get started today!

Interested in getting your art displayed in our gallery?

Calls for art are for this exhibit are usually published in June. So keep an eye on Durham Art Guild and Triangle Community Foundation’s websites around that time!