VisArts is pleased to present 2023 Bresler Resident and Montgomery College Artist-in-Residence Charlotte Richardson-Deppe’s “Unfurling,” which will be in the Common Ground Gallery from February 9-March 17.
VisArts’ four-month Bresler Residency provides a unique opportunity for three artists or artist teams to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a supportive environment. VisArts provides a $2,000 stipend and free studio space to the residents, who participate in a culminating exhibition.
In 2023, VisArts and Montgomery College collaborated to launch the VisArts Bresler Residency and Montgomery College Artist-in-Residence (AiR) partnership. In addition to the residency at VisArts, the selected artist is embedded in Montgomery College’s art departments for three weeks, giving students the opportunity to work with a non-faculty artist.
We are all inextricably connected. In Unfurling, Charlotte Richardson-Deppe asks how we can shape those connections. She posits that community building is an embodied experience, offering her multi-person garments and soft-sculpture installations as sites for practicing the act of interdependence.
Viewers are invited to walk in, around, and through the installation. The act of unfurling is a process of opening yourself up to what the world has to offer and what you can offer to the world. What do you need in order to be able to give and receive care from others? What allows you to unfurl?
About the Artist
Charlotte Richardson-Deppe is a queer feminist artist working between soft sculpture and performance. Her works mingle bodies and bodily sculptures. She received her M.F.A. in studio art from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches as a lecturer in the Department of Art.
In the fall of 2023, Charlotte was the Collaborative Artist-in-Residence (AiR) at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. She worked with students to examine themes of sustainability and care through soft sculpture and mending projects. The performances and installation in this exhibition were made in collaboration with Montgomery College students and faculty members.
VisArts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a hub for the visual arts that engages nearly 30,000 visitors annually through contemporary art exhibitions, a studio artist program, art classes and camps, VisAbility Art Lab (a supported studio for artists with disabilities), community art programs, the annual Rockville Arts Festival, and event space. Founded in 1987, VisArts is committed to our mission of transforming individuals and communities through the visual arts.
VisArts is in Rockville Town Square, three blocks from the Rockville Metro station, at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, Md.