Ohio State MFA exhibition to close this weekend

Teri Bailey's sculpture/installation at Ohio State University's Urban Arts Space doesn't look the same as it did when the university's Department of Art MFA Thesis Exhibition opened last month. It's falling apart.

Of course, that's the idea. The piece is an assemblage of pate de verre cast glass, rice paper and adhesive affixed to a 20-foot expanse of curved drywall. The materials are used such that, over time, the paper will deteriorate and the glass will fall.

“It's both a visual exercise, as I adore this pattern it's creating [on the wall and on the floor], but it's also an emotional process. The idea that I can create something and let go of it is part of the concept of the piece,” Bailey said. “It's a completely new piece every day.”

Bailey said the piece also concerns the trauma of loss, and was inspired, in part, by the passing of her grandmother. The artist is doing “performative maintenance” on the work, saving pieces of glass in jars she made and on which she's written personal messages to important people in her life.

"Ex:perimental; Punctu[a]tion" is on view through Saturday, March 16. MFA student Calista Lyon will hold a performance, “The Unknown and the Unnamed,” on Thursday, March 14 at 6:15 p.m.