The Saugatuck Center for the Arts will feature Just as Wild, a collection of drawings by artist Jillian Dickson, in the Corridor Exhibition from Aug. 25 through Oct. 7. A free opening reception will take place on Aug. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Just as Wild is a series of colored pencil drawings which attempt to recognize the connections between nature and the human body, and how society shapes this connection. Inspired by her pregnancy, Dickson often explores topics of female empowerment, the naked body, and nature.
“Jillian creates beautiful, complex drawings filled with life,” said Whitney Valentine, Education & Exhibitions Manager at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. “Her pieces encourage the viewer to think about the powerful connection between humans and nature and how that plays out in their own lives.”
Dickson’s intricately drawn works fuse images of human organs with budding flowers, ribbons, and butterflies. The mix of feminine details and claustrophobic detailing demonstrates the complexity of the female body and spirit.
“Her art is both beautiful and thought provoking,” said Saugatuck Center for the Arts Executive Director Kristin Armstrong. “It’s so personal, yet relatable for each of us.”
The installation will be open from Aug. 25 through Oct. 7 in the Saugatuck Center for the Arts Corridor Exhibition. the Saugatuck Center for the Arts is located at 500 Culver St., Saugatuck.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.