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Parasitic Plasticity

Opening reception January 7th 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Indoor/Outdoor. Dress warm.

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The Bridge’s 2021 Collaborative Residents celebrate the conclusion of their tenure with a group exhibition showcasing work from the past 5 months. Margaret Kim, Miriam Tobias and Jum Jirapan introduce Parasitic Plasticity

Parasitic Plasticity explores the liminal universe of the animate and inanimate: a world of confounding coexistence of hypocrisies we experience in our lives. Tapeworms and other invasive forms infiltrate common objects of the home, such as instruments and furniture, imbuing them with the esthetic of decay and parasitic infection.Through a series of collaborative work between three artists, biological and spiritual themes related to parasitism and one’s ability to be plastic are explored. Plasticity, the ability to be easily shaped, and adapted, is the fundamental foundation of the parasites that wrap and glom onto each of the sculptures. The artists couple the idea of parasitism with glitter and bright saturated colors, bringing to the conversation the embodiment of pronoia.. As each of the three artists build and bend on each other’s voice, a dialectic debate between benevolence and parasitism is illustrated through each of the sculptures. 

Jum Jirapan is a visual artist based in Charlottesville, VA. She utilizes various creation methods i.e. drawing, painting, sculpting, and writing, as tools for self-exploration and empowerment. Jum loves working with and sharing her joy of art with others. Participatory artworks and projects are her favorites. She believes art is the key that opens doors to unlimited possibilities. The more people make or enjoy art, the better their lives and the world become. As an advocate for art, education, immigration, and well-being for all, she hopes to one day start a not-for-profit organization that makes therapeutic art programs accessible to all people around the world.

Miriam Tobias works in mixed media, she graduated as a studio art painting major from Mary Baldwin College in 2003. She spent two years in Florence, Italy studying art and apprenticing for a master painter and sculptor. She returned from that adventure to paint interior murals. She later taught herself sewing and focused for many years on various aspects of textiles and fiber arts. In her process, she pours the paint which allows fluid dynamics to speak its own language in flowing eddies and cellular matrices. These designs, often aquatic, celestial, and terrestrial, arise organically, with minimal hand intervention. Her work revels in the beauty of controlled chaos. Through her artistic process, she has become inviting of change, the unexpected, and the unknown.
Margaret Kim is a sculptor based in Charlottesville, VA. She is a graduate of University of Virginia with majors in Biology and Studio Art. Her work is frequently composed of a series of sculptures that feature pink fictional lifeforms that come from an alien world that she has created. As science fiction usually does, Margaret believes the sculpture will provide a mirror to our own lives and feature universal concepts that exist past this world. To Margaret, this world represents a “path not taken” of our evolution, what we could have been instead of who we are today. The main goal of her project will be to speak on the human condition by using her science fiction world, populated with creatures completely alien and physically incomparable to actual humans.

Exhibition is viewable by appointment through January.