Thursday, March 12, 2015

Art Therapy: photos from Jeffrey Stenbom's gallery talk

Army veteran Jeffrey Stenbom, center, speaks to visitors about To Those Who Have, a kiln-cast glass, acrylic and vinyl-coated steel cable sculpture, during a tour of his MFA exhibit, “Thank You,” at the Carroll Gallery on Friday (March 6) on the Tulane University uptown campus. Creating art helps Stenbom cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. The show honors soldiers and the sacrifices they make to preserve freedom.

Mary Silva and Emily Acker stand on two of several kiln-cast glass slabs, titled Endless Imprint, scattered throughout the main gallery. The slabs were designed to resemble the base of traditional toy soldiers. Bootprints on the slabs were made from Stenbom’s combat boots and from the boots of fellow soldiers. Visitors are encouraged to stand on the slabs.

Everlasting Impact, also cast from Stenbom’s boots, stands alone in the back right gallery. The mirrored display case reflects the boots, multiplying them into the distance.

[photos: Paula Burch-Celentano, Tulane New Wave, March 9, 2015]

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