Going Against the Grain

Berea College

Laura Petrovich-Cheneyis a sculptor whose work mirrors the human experience, so full of transformation, second chances, reinvention, and resilience. Her work finds meaning within experienced natural disasters and the debris that litters the affected communities.The once organized neighborhoods became recognizable only as piles of rubble haphazardly distributed during the chaos.Inspired by contemporary and traditional quilts, she pieced together found wood from the homes destroyed by these storms. These devastations, including Hurricane Sandy and the Gatlinburg, TN fires, serve as evidence to how we all suffer loss regardless of color, language or economic status. Our hearts break equally and painfully. Laura’s own story unfolded when her parents lost their home after Hurricane Sandy; and subsequently, her father eventually lost his life repairing that home. However, the main focus of the work is not loss, rather the work is about the creation of something healing, meaningful and hopeful in the wake of severe destruction. As the artist writes, “The work is rooted in repetition and pattern to mimic life, growth, regeneration.”

The Doris Ulmann Gallerieseducate, inspire, and challenge the broader Berea College community by showcasing high-quality art exhibitions and by interpreting and preserving the culturally significant Berea College Art Collection.

Gallery Hours:Mon – Thur: 8am-6pm, Fri: 8am-5pm, Sun: 1pm-5pm


The Doris Ulmann Galleries Rogers-Traylor Art Building

Corner of Ellipse St. & Chestnut St.

Berea, KY 40404

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