Jillian Legg Romano’s will be presented at the Trahern Gallery on April 21 at 7 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Austin Peay State University Department of Art.Romano is a 1990 graduate of Steinmetz Academic College. Currently, Legg Romano is an art major at APSU, and is on track to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography in May.
“My process begins with a photograph. I then manipulate the images. This series includes hand-colored silver gelatin prints, photo and mixed media collages, digitally altered photos and scans and painted photographs.”
A prominent feature of A Passage is the incorporation of the triptych—a prevalent format for religious art.
“I’ve been interested in the history of art and religion for a long time. My primary interest concerns the influence of Catholicism on converted cultures. Throughout my travels in Europe and the Americas, I’ve found that when native cultures were converted to Catholicism, the vernacular imagery was incorporated into local religious art; there was a blend between the beliefs of the native cultures and Catholic iconography to make religious imagery that fit the needs and trials of the times.”
Not much contemporary religious art focuses on current issues, according to Legg Romano. “My work encourages a discussion between art, religion and culture. As an artist, I have also moved from a maker of pretty images to one that is concerned with the events of the world around me,” she said.
For more information about “A Passage,” contact the art department by telephone at (931) 221-7333.