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Wheat’s paintings and sculptural forms are typified by surfaces of expressive structure and color that challenge the limits of material and process.
Interested in the dichotomy of “high” and “low” culture, the intersection of fine art and craft, and our society’s notions of “beauty,” she centers her subject matter upon the figure and narrative, both imagined and recollected, to explore vulnerability and contradiction in life and story with tender humor and generous curiosity.
Wheat’s artistic influences range from Brueghel, Hogarth, Manet, and Picasso, to Carroll Dunham, George Condo, Kara Walker, Louise Bourgeois and the quilters of Gees Bend.
Wheat is a native of Oklahoma City, a 2000 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, and a 2005 graduate of the Savannah College of Art.
Summer Wheat: 2013 Diane Marek Visiting Artist
The Patten House • 6 p.m. • Monday, Feb. 11 • 801 Oak St. • (423) 304-9789 • utc.edu