Using Victorian art practices as a guide, UofL art professor Gabrielle Mayer and her sister, artist Gale Wisdom, have embarked upon an artistic study of past techniques, filled with beauty and an appreciation for lost art forms. Mayer, a painter by trade, has woven her way into textiles, one strand at a time. Using a long abandoned Victorian technique, she creates delicate sculptures by hand-weaving human hair into braided creations, while her sister, Wisdom uses a print technique utilizing camera-less photography to show the underlining silhouetted beauty in weeds. Defined as an “organism that thrives around plants.” “Phylophilic” is, at its root, a show about things that grow and rediscovering ways of artistic creation that have nearly been forgotten.


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Chasson Higdon is a writer, artist and filmmaker. At an early age, when other boys were learning about sports or cars, Chasson had his head buried in art history books or creating paintings and drawings. This trend has continued on into adulthood, where he has earned his BA in Fine Arts from Indiana University, received multiple awards for his creative endeavors and is still currently clueless about sports or cars.



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