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Meda R. Rives

artist in her studio

  What I do in the Arts:

  • Teach Art
  • Installation Artist
  • Papermaker
  • Printmaker

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Artist with installation model in her studio
Illustrations about Papermaking
Views of Recent Works:

Oh?, collage and letterpress

G!, collage and letterpress

Duo, 2008, handmade paper, 

Sky Piece, handmade paper and monotype

First Light, monotype
 
   

Field of Lilies
36 x 36 inches, 2003
Handmade paper: abaca fiber,
yarn, string and wood

detail of texture:
Handmade paper: abaca fiber

detail of texture:
Handmade paper: abaca fiber,
yarn, string and wood

Study for Into the Water
side view
15 x 36 x 24 inches overall
Handmade paper, abaca and cotton fiber,
pigments and gloss medium

Study for Into the Water
aerial view
Handmade paper, abaca and cotton fiber,
pigments and gloss medium

Study for Into the Water
aerial view detail
Handmade paper, abaca and cotton fiber,
pigments and gloss medium
     

 
Collaborative BookEnvirons with Veda Rives:
BookEnviron: Iowa City
Artists' Books as Shelter, Escape, Epiphany;
Shaping Our Space, Our Thoughts, and Our Aspirations 

These installations are the latest in a series of large viewer interactive environments exploring the theme of spaces set aside for contemplation and were created specifically for the College Book Art Association's inaugural conference 
Art, Fact, & Artifact: The Book in Time and Place.
January 2009, Hosted by the University of Iowa Center for the Book


Magnolia  BookEnviron

Twin Path BookEnviron

Magnolia  BookEnviron, detail

Twin Path BookEnviron, detail

 
 LANDSCAPE and BEYOND
2007 Illinois State University Alumni Exhibition
University Galleries
June 8 - September 14, 2007
Dual Pathway
a collaborative installation by Veda and Meda Rives the configuration of the handmade paper
defines two spiraling pathways that intertwine as they approach the center of the artwork.

Handmade paper: abaca fiber, yarn, thread, wood, tea leaves, hair, sawdust, milkweed silks & seeds


overall view Dual Pathway from below

artists with  Dual Pathway at the reception
Dual Pathway is a large handmade paper installation measuring 20’ x 14’ x 6’ 
which hangs from the ceiling above the viewers’ heads. 

upper level of 
Dual Pathway

Dual Pathway looking up at the center
Made of abaca fiber, thirty-two separate handmade paper panels are hung sequentially in a configuration that defines two spiraling pathways that intertwine as they approach the center of the artwork. 

Dual Pathway looking up at the center

Dual Pathway detail
Each of the handmade paper panels measures 3’x 3’ and is composed of smaller shapes inspired by nature. 

Dual Pathway detail

Dual Pathway detail
Dual Pathway is purposefully placed in a position to cause the viewer to look upward and is intended to define a space that is set apart for wonder, contemplation, and inspiration. 

Dual Pathway detail

overall view Dual Pathway from above

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Fiber Focus 2005
hosted by Art Saint Louis a juried biennial exhibition 
focusing on contemporary artwork in all fiber media by 43 artists from nine Midwestern Regional States.
September 16-October 28, 2005
Garden Archway: Art Saint Louis Installation
Award of Excellence Winner
an installation comprised of:  Garden Arch Lilies (far left and far right) and Garden Arch Waves (center left and center right)
Handmade paper: abaca fiber, yarn, thread, wood, tea leaves, hair, sawdust, milkweed silks & seeds

daylight view

night time view

center windows

detail of Lily panel

detail of Lily panels

detail of Wave panels

detail of Wave panel
Views of recent solo exhibitions:
 The Richland Installation
David Erlanson Gallery, Richland Community College, Decatur, IL
 February 16 - March 19, 2004
Artist's Reception February 20th
a viewer interactive installation comprised of:  Waves, Garden Lilies, and Quartet
Handmade paper: abaca fiber, yarn, iridescent pigments, string, wood, tea leaves, hair, sawdust, milkweed silks & seeds

overall view from hallway
Garden Lilies foreground
Waves middleground
Quartet background

Quartet seen from 
far corner of the gallery

Quartet

Waves and
Garden Lilies

Detail of textures from Quartet: Water, Fire, Wind, & Earth
Waves and
Garden Lilies
 
Gallery 510 Installation: Garden Archway
Gallery 510, Decatur, Illinois
August 1st - September 1st, 2003
a viewer interactive installation comprised of:  Garden Arch Lilies (left) and Garden Arch Waves (right)
Handmade paper: abaca fiber, yarn, string, wood, tea leaves, hair, sawdust, milkweed silks & seeds

overall view from
east side of gallery:
Garden Arch Lilies on left
Garden Arch Waves on right

upper level of
Garden Archway

looking up from the center
toward Garden Arch Waves

looking up from the center
toward Garden Arch Lilies 

close up from the exterior of
Garden Arch Waves

lower levels of
Garden Arch Waves

lower levels of
Garden Arch Lilies 

overall view from
northeast side of gallery:
Garden Arch Lilies on left
Garden Arch Waves on right
Installation size:  height=10 feet x width=12 feet x depth=10 feet overall
Spire: A Spiritual Journey--Freeport
Freeport Art Center, Freeport, Illinois
a viewer interactive installation
Handmade paper: abaca fiber, yarn, string, iridescent pigments, and wood

Spire: A Spiritual Journey--Freeport
entrance to the installation

Spire: A Spiritual Journey--Freeport
exterior view, upper level


Spire: A Spiritual Journey--Freeport
interior view
 

Spire: A Spiritual Journey--Freeport
detail of texture

Installation size:  height=12 feet x width=24 feet x depth=32 feet overall
Spire: A Spiritual Journey--Oberlin
Fireland Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Ohio
 Spire: A Spiritual Journey
University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
May 12-24, 1998
a viewer interactive installation
Handmade paper: abaca fiber, yarn, string, iridescent pigments, and wood
Spire: A Spiritual Journey, Exterior View showing entrance to right
Spire: A Spiritual Journey, Interior View
Installation size:  height=12 feet x width=40 feet x depth=36 feet overall

Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) Illinois Art Advisory Committee member 2006-present
Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) Art Panel member 2005-06

Recent Teaching Assignments:

                Art 102 (formerly 171) Two Dimensional  Design
                Art 230 Computer Art
                Art 231 Graphic Design
                Art 296 Graphic Design II
                Art 150 Art Appreciation                 Art 101W Art Appreciation
                Art 106 Design I
                Art 206 Design II
                Art 219W Ancient Art
                Art 224W Medieval Art
                Art 229W Renaissance and Baroque Art
                Art 234W Modern Art
                Art 350 Studio Topics
                IDS 262W Western Civilization and Culture Part I
                IDS 262W Western Civilization and Culture Part II                 Art 103   2-D Fundamentals
                Art 240   Fibers I
                Art 246   Lithography I


Other Interesting Sites:

The Center For Book Arts
Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award 2000
Friends of Dard Hunter
Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking
FATE, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education
Tamarind Institute
McLean County Art Center
Southern Graphics Council
Mid America Print Council
College Book Art Association

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