Systema Musculare
Systema Musculare
A Madison artist's work will be featured for the next two months as part of a new art series at Village Lights Bookstore.

Works by Madison native Jane Andreasen will be on display at the bookstore, 110 E. Main St., beginning with an art reception on Friday. The art display will help kick off the Village Lights Emerging Artist Series, which will feature a different young artist each year.

Bookstore owner Nathan Montoya said the Emerging Artist Series will showcase the work of art students or artists who recently graduated from college.

"We want to help young artists," Montoya said. "Sort of give them a boost."

The series will have an application process, much like many of the other artists who display their works in the bookstore.

"We try to keep a high bar," he said of the gallery displays.

Andreasen's works, titled "Sacra Systemata," uses a visual system of representation drawing from Byzantine iconography with repeated borders to define space and halos to draw attention to figures in the works, a release said. The repetition of organization, patterns and visual elements helps to emphasize the elevation of the body's system to the importance of an individual, using mixed media to define the difference between body systems in the figure and body systems removed from their physical context.

Penciled organs in the works are "in vitro" - or removed from the body - while watercolor portraits show organs "in vivo" - or inside the body, the release said.

Andreasen's works, created in mixed media and pencil, will be displayed in the Twain Room and Atrium galleries until May 20.

Art has always been part of the Madison native's life, the release said. After attending the last two years of high school at the Indiana Academy of Science, Math and Humanities in Muncie, Andreasen chose to focus on both arts and sciences when she attended college. Andreasen graduated in May 2013 from Earlham College in Richmond with a degree in chemistry and studio art with an emphasis drawing.

The series on display at Village Lights Bookstore explores Andreasen's interests in the intersections between the arts and sciences.

An art opening reception for Andreasen's works will be held at the bookstore from 5 to 9 p.m. during Fourth Friday events.