Arts & Culture

Hopkins and Jones artwork featured in Biennial exhibition

A close up of Hopkins installation titled A Sea Change.

Palm Beach State College professor Kristin Miller Hopkins and adjunct instructor Symantha Jones are two of 30 artists who were recently chosen to showcase their artwork in the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County’s Biennial 2021 exhibition.

Hopkins and Jones, who are each presenting in the juried exhibition for the first time, were selected from a pool of 150 Palm Beach County artists. The free exhibition runs through May 28 at the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth Beach. It’s open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., as well as noon to 5 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.

Hopkins piece titled “A Sea Change” is a site-specific wall installation composed of 14 irregular, biomorphic shapes that float off the wall delicately.

“The year 2020 was ‘A Sea Change’ for many,” said Hopkins, who teaches on the Lake Worth campus. “Changes were seen in our home habitat, work/life balance, access to childcare, global climate change, politics, and personal health. Making these organically shaped soft sculptures was both a distraction and a remedy from the harshness of today’s reality. The diaphanous nature of the forms is inspired by the changing forms of sea creatures, meant to symbolize how we are being challenged to grow, change shape, and morph into a new normal.”

Inescapable Moments by Symantha Jones.

Jones, who teaches on the Boca Raton campus, also features an installation titled “Inescapable Moments” comprised of 44 individual house forms made from predominantly reclaimed materials.

“Each houselet encapsulates a memory, feeling, moment from before a time when we were housebound, making each oddly sweet and melancholy,” said Jones. “They are a reflection of our relationship between safety and the home, the scarcity of homes, and the overall instability of home, life, future. They are crumbling effigies to the perfect home, nearly unattainable for so many.”

For more information about the exhibit, call 561-471-2901 or visit palmbeachculture.com.

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