Metzger to discuss solo exhibition ‘See Through Me’ during a reception Friday at Wesleyan

Please join West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Sleeth Gallery on Friday, October 21 from 5:30-8:30 to celebrate Rikiesha Metzger’s solo exhibition “See Through Me.”

Metzger will begin her performance at 7:15 pm and immediately follow it with an artist talk. The gallery has been temporarily relocated to the basement of the Wesley Chapel at 59 College Avenue in Buckhannon.

The event is family-friendly and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

The exhibition runs from October 3 – October 28. Gallery hours for Fall 2022 Semester are:
M/W: 12:30p-3:30p
T/TH: 10:30a-12:30p & 2-4:30
F: 10:30a-2:30 & 3:30-5:30
Or by appointment

Artist statement: My art is a synthesis of my spirituality and my feelings. My inspiration comes from spiritual influences that are unseen but felt through my emotions. The wire materials foster flexibility so that I am able to create different forms freely. I am reminded that we are all spirits having a human experience, which allows for us to relate to each other because of our commonalities. 

Each piece begins with an emotion that is exemplified through figures. The intent of each figure is to give a positive emotional experience uplifting one’s spirit, relaying a sense of happiness and energy. The wire shows the momentum and direction of my hands during the fabrication. My own (as well as my children’s) energetic gestures are reflected in each work. Each piece is done when I feel complete within myself.

Artist bio: Rikiesha Metzger is a multifaceted International Community Artist-Philosopher working with themes related to race, identity, and beauty. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, she has traveled extensively, first as a military child, and more recently as an artist interested in experiencing and collaborating with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Built upon a strong spiritual foundation, she demonstrates how art can be used as an outlet for self-expression.

As a socially engaged artist-philosopher, her professional/research interests revolve around the transformative power of art and its ability to create new experiences, rebirth, and reignite the spirit of underserved communities. As a working mom, adjunct professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and art teacher at Hampden Christian School, Rikiesha believes her Higher Power helps her balance all aspects of her life.

Currently, Rikiesha is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, pursuing a degree in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory.

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