From Staff Reports

On Monday, Nov. 14, the Pearce Museum opens their latest showing: F.A.T.E. Faculty Across Texas Exhibit with an opening reception and artist talk starting at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 12, 2023 and have a closing reception at 5:30 p.m. The Pearce Museum is located on the Navarro College campus at 3100 W. Collin Street

M.C. Farris

Born 1971, Texas – Currently living and working as an  Artist and Associate Professor of Art for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley  in the Borderlands of Texas. (McAllen ,Texas)

Q and A with the Artist M.C. Farris:

1. How do I describe myself as an artist: 
I think of myself as a maker, a creator of images, art and the making of art has just been something I do in some form or fashion for as long as I can remember. I have created a narrative where I’m interacting, learning, teaching, discussing art in multiply forms. From the works I create, to what I collect and surround myself with: Books, records, artist toys, antiques, art of those I admire to what I collect from artist I know.

2. My art style:
This is always a good question. I strive to find my own voice and aesthetic, much as I imagine most artist do .
We all want to be recognized by the work we create or at least I do. My style is somewhere between, Neo-expressionism, Pop, Pop Surrealism, with hints of Illustration, My work is a mash up of a few styles. In hopes that I have created works that represent me and can be associated with or to me.

3. For young artist, my advice;
Do the work, then work harder, you have to look at this as your passion and at the same time as your career/job.
Show up and do the work. Put the time in. Do the research into your materials, subject mater, the business end of art .
Read as much as you can on everything, listen all types of music, travel, go see the art of others.
Create the life you want just as you create the work you want.

4. Life changing event:
I can not pin it to one exact moment. I have memories of drawing from a very young age. In someway I have always found a creative outlet. I can attribute this to the fact that I dig creative problem solving. Creating has always been a driving force in all areas of my life. Just what I do.

5. Add ons:
I think in some ways being legally blind from the  age of 4 has given me a drive. A drive to see everything, experience as much as I can, travel , and so on , and to make work… create. Leave something behind, even if that is only to satisfy my need to make/create. This is all pushed by the idea and or fact that my eyesight will diminish even more over time. So I use this to keep my back up against the clock. I’m not always good at it, but I strive to use  my best commodity… my time.

CLOSING RECEPTION: JAN. 12 @ 5:30 p.m.

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