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Natella's "Overseer" in Meijer Garden's exhibition

Dora Natella's sculpture Associate Professor of Visual Arts Dora Natella’s sculpture Overseer has been accepted as part of an exhibit at the prestigious Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Coinciding with the fourth annual ArtPrize competition, the Meijer Gardens is hosting 26 US and international artists in the group exhibition, entitled “Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture.” It focuses on the human figure as both a physical object and as a symbol or metaphor.

“I am deeply honored to have been invited by the chief curator Joseph Becherer to participate in a group exhibition at the prestigious Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. It has been my dream, and highest aspiration since coming to America in 1981, to build a reputation as an artist nationally,”

A non-profit organization, the gallery was recently ranked in the top 100-most-visited art museums worldwide by Art Newspaper. The 132-acre year-round gallery blends art and nature and includes sculptures from well-recognized artists such as Rodin, Moore, Oldenberg, and DiSuervo.

“This sculpture metaphorically represents death and rebirth in everyday life,” explains Natella. “The event that prompted me to create this sculpture was the loss of someone dear to me. This made me reflect about the crucial importance of fully appreciating and enjoying life each and every day. Overseer exudes an intense and impalpable energy which defines the surrounding space and enhances her presence.”

The exhibition officially began with ArtPrize on September 19 and will remain on display at the Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park until January 6, 2013. Natella’s Overseer has been selected by the gardens’ chief curator Joseph Becherer to remain until next spring.