Rosemont College is pleased to announce Huguette Despault May’s exhibit of the Hawser Series from November 8 to December 6, 2012.
May began this suite of twelve large-scale drawings in 2006 focusing on a single hawser – a massive rope used to tie a vessel securely to a dock or haul it while at sea. Drawn in great detail in charcoal, they depict a rope both intact and disintegrating into fibrous tendrils. Made at the scale of the human body, the images have a physicality that evokes muscle, hair, and sinew, and most pieces took a minimum of three months to complete – some longer. To the artist, these ropes are metaphors for the tension, frayed nerves, and entanglements that we experience as human beings. The worn but still intact hawser suggests how individuals are so often beaten down yet still manage to hold on.
May has exhibited in 11 exhibitions since 1987. Parallel to her fine arts practice she is also a professional photographer and expert digital image restorer. May has taught graduate and post-graduate courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, from where she received her BFA and MFA. She studied classical technique in drawing and painting at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore and, she has an associate’s degree in photography with honors from Dundalk Community College in Baltimore, Maryland.
May was one of six nominees for the New England Art Awards in the category of Drawing & Printmaking sponsored by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research. Her work has been exhibited in the Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibition, New York; The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Navio Artisans Collective, New Bedford, MA and has been featured in four issues of Studio Visit Magazine.
Hawser Series is organized by Katharine T. Carter & Associates of New York, and will travel to the Hollins University Art Museum, USC/Upstate, and Vanderbilt University following the Rosemont exhibition.