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Covenant Hosts Art Exhibit by Prof. Kayb Carpenter Joseph

Beginning January 17, 2011, Covenant College will present Lotus Eaters, an exhibit of works by Associate Professor of Art Kayb Carpenter Joseph. Composed of six sets of work including ceramics, photography and sculpture, the exhibit centers around the ninth book of Homer's Odyssey, in which soldiers who eat lotus, a fruit from a flower, lose their desire to journey home and wish to stay where they are and continue eating lotus. Only by tying them to the boat is Odysseus able to return them to their journey.

 

For nearly a decade, Prof. Joseph has thought of and returned to the story of the lotus eaters. "For me it conjures up how our idols do that to us," she says. "We're on a journey to a place but we keep getting distracted by what we think is it, or we want it to be, and we're oblivious and can't see. Often it will take a community or an outside force to start us back on our journey."

 

A reception will be held in the art gallery on the second floor of Kresge Memorial Library, Wednesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m., followed by a lecture at 8:00 p.m. The exhibit will remain open through March 4. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Listen to Prof. Joseph describe the Lotus Eaters exhibit