The St. Tammany Art Association presents an artist's Q&A with Michel Varisco, whose art installation and sculptural exhibition is currently on view in the Miriam Barranger Gallery in Just Below the Surface. The event will take place at the Art House, 320 N. Columbia St. in Covington, on Sunday, March 24, at 4:00pm.
While known primarily as a photographer, Varisco redefines the medium by creating photo-based assemblages and site-specific installations that function in accordance with her still photographs. As a native New Orleanian, Varisco’s work is centered around the human relationship and interaction with the environment, specifically water, and the effects that one has on the other.
In Just Below the Surface Varisco takes the seriousness of environmental and personal themes and creates a whimsical experience she calls magical realism. “We’re losing our heritage land. In a desperation to communicate the fix we’re in, I just took everybody under water with me; fast-forwarding into a modern-day Atlantis,” explains Varisco.
The rhythmic repetition of her work is seamlessly presented in polyptychs and installations to parallel the natural patterns of water. The photographs, silk installments, and assemblage of objects come together to reflect the pack-and-go mindset that is so normalized to those living in an evacuation environment.
Regular gallery open hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am – 4pm, and Saturday 11am – 4pm. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.
St. Tammany Art Association is supported by the generosity of its Season of the Arts sponsors and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.