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{mosimage}ALBION, Mich. — Couture sewing and humorous flashcards are two provocative displays of "Dirty/Pretty," Albion College's current art exhibits. The shows, both by Philip C. Curtis artist-in-residence Jess Larson, are on display through February 29 in the College's Bobbitt Visual Arts Building.

Larson is the spring semester Philip C. Curtis artist-in-residence. The mediums in her exhibit are as varied as its title, such as mixing couture sewing with digitally manipulated images.

 “Attraction and repulsion. What compels the impulse to find something so ornate and florid that it becomes repugnant in its profusion?" Larson asked in her artist's statement. "I have probed these polarities in my work …. Subverting established contexts to illustrate the bold and sometimes absurd narratives of female characters in their varied relationships as family, lovers and confidants.”

In another set of opposites, Larson’s newest work on display, is a flashcard series entitled “Look and Learn, Little Girl,” intended to speak to a younger generation “no longer comfortable self-identifying as a feminist for fear of being seen as mean-spirited and hateful,” Larson said. Specifically, the flashcards, intended to be humorous and approachable with sarcasm, irony, and absurdity, Larson asks viewers to “consider the positive or negative consequences that women attempt to reconcile by conforming to stereotypically passive or aggressive means of behavior.”


Larson, born and raised in West Central Minnesota, received her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and holds an MFA in sculpture from the University of Colorado. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in various group and solo shows, including the 1999 Spoletto Piccolo Festival and the Jerome Book Arts Exhibition at the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, and the Governors Palace in Tlaxcala, Mexico.

 The Bobbitt Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. All exhibitions are free and open to the public; for more information, please contact Susan Havens at (517) 629-0246, or via e-mail at .