Central’s Senior Art Exhibit to Feature Grace Teig

PELLA — Central College senior, Grace Teig, Class of 2023, from Story City, Iowa, will present her work during the Senior Art Major Exhibition through Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Mills Gallery in the Lubbers Center for Visual Arts on Central’s campus. The Mills Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

An artist’s reception will be 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Mills Gallery.

Teig’s exhibit is entitled “Diagnosis: Disrupted,” featuring mixed media sculptures and collages. In her artist’s statement, Teig explains the challenges in her life that influenced her art. She writes:

“Every. Day. Sucks. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), so my body does not have enough normal collagen in its tissues. This creates various difficulties, but the main issue is my tendons and ligaments act like rubber bands when they are supposed to act more like springs to stabilize my joints and keep my muscles attached to my bones. Because of this I describe my body as ‘janky.’ Sometimes it feels like I am falling apart. Each day, my body can be uncomfortable, sore, numb, stiff, irritated, pained, creaky, floppy or crunchy. I often feel broken, dislodged or restricted. Overall, it creates chaos in my body and can completely disrupt my day-to-day life. My work visually personifies the hidden symptoms or ailments stemming from bodily disorders that I and some of my friends live with daily.”

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