Melinda Camber Porter Exhibition of Art, Books and Film
September 19 - October 16, 2016
John A Daly Exhibition Hall
The University of Southa Dakota
This USD Exhibition marks the first time all 90 Luminous Bodies watercolors and 27 Triptych oil paintings are presented in one venue.
Luminous Bodies Series are works of celebration and mourning with 90 watercolors. These images explore the spiritual and cultural forces that continuously vie to originate and then heal the rift between the body and the soul.
The Triptych Series are 27 large oils on canvas exploring the triptych form as both altarpiece and sculptural shape.
"Melinda Camber Porter's work represents nature and celebration. Many of Porter's works capture the human body interacting with nature and other people. This is a very, very large exhibition. Typically I think we’re used to doing around 30 to 40 pieces in the gallery, a typically kind of cramped gallery is maybe 80 to 90. Well we have 90 small watercolor pieces and then 27 banners of oil paintings. So very, very full but really great and colorful," - Galley curator Michelle St. Vrain
"This was the first time that I was fully engaged in viewing and capturing a piece of artwork. I have always been drawn to painters with an abstract and gestural aesthetic. Their expression is free and embodies movement. My love of being on the go, resonated with Porter’s work; I felt like I was moving while standing still. As my eyes followed her strokes, I was floating on her waves of cerulean blue and coral red." - Photographer and Blogger Dana Southerland
NW Iowa Review
South Dakota Public Radio