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OPENING Reception: Gallery Night Oct. 5th 6-9pm Central Library

Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery

Gabrielle Cordes


What Makes Up the Whole

When I create my work, I am effectively acting on my natural inclinations regarding the structuring of material, use of color, and choice in design. As my body of work has grown, so has my understanding as to what formal qualities recur, and how they coexist to reach a more profound whole. For example, if an entire symphony was in crescendo, it would be difficult to appreciate said crescendo. A more gripping and complete musical number utilizes variances; decrescendos and crescendos, legatos and staccatos, woodwinds and percussion. This is what my work expresses. Multiple elements take on their own physical form which highlights their individual relevance, but since they are presented together, a dynamic dialogue is produced which amounts to a more complete identity.

Gabrielle Cordes is a visual artist who recently received her BFA in sculpture and painting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her undergraduate career she has been awarded multiple scholarships such as the Powers-Knapp Scholarship, Lois G. Roberts University of Wisconsin (UW) Art Department Scholarship for painting, Truman Lowe UW Art Scholarship for sculpture, and two Central Minnesota Arts Board Student Arts Scholarships. Over the summer of 2018, she interned for the City of Eden Prairie, MN focusing on public art and events while also showing her work in another solo show at the ArtHaus gallery in Decorah, IA. This upcoming Fall she will be spending her time as an Intern Artist in Residence at Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN and shortly after she will be an Artist in Residence at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NA.

second floor Gallery

Las Hormigas Bordadoras

The Other Side of the Border: Story cloths by Las Hormigas Bordadoras

Hormigas Bordadoras is a group of women in Tanivet, Oaxaca Mexico, who use quilting and embroidery to create unique, one-of-a-kind art pieces that narrate moments from their lives. Each women draws, designs and sews her own pieces. Their themes range from playful moments in everyday life to powerful messages about the impact of immigration on individuals, families and communities. The making and selling of their compelling artwork has given the women a voice, and a way to share their experiences.

This group of story cloths addresses the theme of immigration, which has deeply affected their community. Work in Tanivet is scarce and pays little when they can find it. Many members of the community leave to the U.S. to earn money to support their families. Because crossing the border is so dangerous, once they cross, they often do not return for many many years. A large portion of the population of Tanivet has left. It is heartbreaking for those who have stayed behind. Most families in the village have husbands, children and fathers who are absent from their lives.

“Sometimes it is painful to reflect on the story that we have lived, the story that happened with my son when he left for Los Angeles. For me, it was overwhelming because I thought I would never see him. Eight years passed without seeing him. I often thought that he would just stay there and he wouldn’t return.”

This work for this exhibition was brought to Madison by the Global Artisans Initiative:
The Global Artisans Initiative strives to empower artisans and their families through the promotion of their handcrafts, which support community well-being and strengthens cultural heritage.

GAI is part of the 4W Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’ School of Human Ecology

For more information about this exhibition contact:
Carolyn Kallenborn
Associate Professor of Design Studies


Hormigas Bordadoras es un grupo de mujeres de Tanivet, Oaxaca México quien elaborar sus telas únicas con bordados y appliqué. Cada pieza es una narración, un dibujo individual sobre su vida. Las temas que utilizan son de momentos tiernos de la vida normal hasta temas fuertes como lo de la migración y el impacto sobre la personas, las familias y la comunidad.  Por sus obras las mujeres han encontrado sus voces y una manera de compartir sus experiencias.

Este grupo de obras tocan la tema de migración que ha afectado profundamente su comunidad. Trabajo en Tanivet es escaso y cuando hay, paga poco.  Un gran parte de las comunidad van para los estados unidos para ganar suficiente a cuidar a sus familias.  Con el peligro en cruzar la frontera, una vez que están en los estados unidos, no regresan a sus familias hace muchos muchos años.  Un gran parte de la población en Tanivet ya han salido.  La situación es angustioso para las familias que quedan. Muchas de las familias tienen esposos, hijos, padres, hermanos que están ausentes de sus vidas.

“A veces me da sentimiento y dolor porque estamos reflejando la historia que ya vivimos, la historia que ya pasé con mi hijo cuando se fue para Los Ángeles. Para mí fue una cosa muy grande porque pensé que ya no lo iba a ver; han pasado ocho años sin verlo. Muchas veces he pensado que un día se va a quedar por allá, y ya no va a venir.¨ 

Este exposición está en Madison por el apoyo de La Iniciativa Artesano Global

La Iniciativa de Artesanos Global (GAI)

La Iniciativa Global de Artesanos se esfuerza por empoderar a los artesanos y sus familias a través de la promoción de sus artesanías, que apoyan a la comunidad bienestar y fortalece el patrimonio cultural.

GAI es parte de la Iniciativa 4W de la Universidad de Wisconsin-Madison, School of Human Ecology

Más información sobre esta exposición:
Carolyn Kallenborn
Profesora de Design Studies

First floor Gallery

Emily Lewis

Real and Endangered

For #the100dayproject, illustrator Emily Meredith Lewis created "Real and Endangered", a series of 100 portraits focused on endangered species that are either considered a bit odd looking, have strange names, or simply are unknown to most people. Using the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, she also added an additional criterion: they had to fall under one of the "threatened" categories (critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable). This exhibition will include a selection of these portraits.