“Mapping Recovery: Five Years Later” to be displayed in Janalyn Hanson White Gallery

Mount Mercy University's Janalyn Hanson White Gallery will feature the artistic work of Erica Damman in the exhibit "Mapping Recovery: Five Years Later," February 8 – March 1. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Viewings outside of regular business hours can be arranged by checking out a key from the University Center Information Desk. An artist talk will be held on Friday, February 8, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Lundy 3, Lower Lundy.

Damman, who grew up in Ohio, began studying sculpture and drawing at Northern Arizona University, where she graduated with a B.F.A. in 2007. She continued her education at The University of Iowa where she received her M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in 2011. Damman is currently a candidate for the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at The University of Iowa, where she teaches both ceramics and art education.

Damman has done significant research blending history, art, geography and rhetoric to aid her in exploring the many questions that surround disasters. Her art focuses on how artists respond to disasters, how such disasters affect the social, economic, cultural and geographic areas, and how humans overcome and deal with such catastrophes.

"Mapping Recovery: Five Years Later" contains visual artifacts centered on the concept of recovery.

"The concept of recovery can be conceived as both a length of time following an event and as a series of activities which address immediate need and long-term resilience," Damman said.

Critical aspects of Damman's work are the questions about who gets to recover, what gets recovered, and in what ways certain recovery narratives deny our role in an event of flooding.

"Through sculpture, drawings and photographs, this exhibit imagines stories of recovery that are less tidy," Damman said. "Investigating these less tangible losses is of vital importance if we are to understand how to live in the flood plain now and in a future made different through climate change."

For additional information on this exhibit, contact Professor of Art Andrew Casto at acasto@mtmercy.edu or call 319-286-4437 for gallery updates.

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