Sommer Roman Art Exhibit opens Feb. 9 at Cuesta College

Local Artist Creates Works Embedded in “Themes of Everyday Life, Domestic Life, Body and Nature”

— Cuesta College’s Spring Semester Art Gallery Exhibit Nobles Among Us: Material Reflections on a Poetic Ecology by Sommer Roman opens February 9 at the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery and will run through April 1st.

Local multidisciplinary artist Roman uses upcycled materials, discarded clothing and linens, objects from nature and building materials to create works integrated with themes of everyday life, domestic life, body and nature.

In this new body of work, Roman plays with French philosopher René Descartes’ famous words, “I think, therefore I am.” She uses “the place of the head as a starting point to interrogate this site as a source of intellect and knowledge and as a justification for seeing ourselves as above and apart from that which is not human”, according to the artist.

“My work offers an alter-logical, multi-sensory intellect that expands beyond the safety of cerebral and verbal certainty and instead returns us to the realms of the corporeal, the wild and the domestic,” Roman said. “While working with materials and images associated with these realms of home, earth and body, I study their visual language and create new ones.”

Sommer Roman was born and raised in California and earned her BA from UC Santa Cruz and her MFA from UC Santa Barbara. She lives on the Central Coast with her husband and two young children and occasionally teaches at local universities.

The Nobles Among Us Opening Reception will be Wednesday, February 9 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. An artist talk with Roman is scheduled for Thursday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. in room 6304 on the San Luis Obispo . Campus. The live stream of the event is also available at bit.ly/noblesamongus.

Admission to the gallery is free. Visit the gallery’s webpage or call (805) 546-3202 for the exhibition schedule and hours of operation.

Students, employees, and visitors accessing Cuesta College campuses and facilities must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or test negative within 72 hours of visiting campus. In accordance with CDC guidelines, appropriate face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces and shared spaces for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. To learn more about Cuesta College’s vaccine requirements, go to cuesta.edu/vaccine.

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