Mia Hause and Erin Connolly: Until the Bliss of All This Hurts

Painting of different colored fabrics with some flowers scattered across with a single ivory decorated plate.
A Place So Benign and Beautiful and Good (2021), Oil on Canvas, 24"x36".
Painting of a deer laying upside down on different types of wrinkled fabric.
Nymph Meal (2021), Oil on Canvas, 48"x48".
A Place So Benign and Beautiful and Good (2021), Oil on Canvas, 24"x36". Nymph Meal (2021), Oil on Canvas, 48"x48".

A human-nature dichotomy exists between our inevitable decay and comfort blankets of tradition. Emotional sentiments are often tied to a tangible source, encapsulating our memories to stimulate us through familiar sensations. Bacteria feed on these objects, festering on expanses of natural world we trek through to experience delight. Why don't we resent this ruthless cycle? Instead, we celebrate the tangible products of biodiversity, using these forms and their widespread emotional associations towards themes of human production. Phony flora adorns our office desks, and every Halloween we take pleasure in plastic arachnids. What is inherently natural and what is inherently human? 

Until the Bliss of All This Hurts features work from Mia Hause (B.F.A. '22) and Erin Connolly (B.S. '23).

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