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Past Project Exposures: Cecilia Ebitz: Good Intentions

March 11–June 28, 2015

Close up of a small trampoline with the words I wanna be free sticked with bright colors into the material.

Cecilia Ebitz, I Wanna Be Free, detail of cross-stitching, 2010

courtesy of the artist

For the second installment of the Exposures series, The Warhol presents Good Intentions, an original installation by Pittsburgh-based artist Cecilia Ebitz. Taking her inspiration from the work and teachings of Sister Corita Kent, Ebitz has created Good Intentions, an installation in three parts. With existing work I Wanna Be Free (created in 2011) and two new works, Try Trusting it for Awhile and Joyous Revolution, Ebitz used Corita’s teachings to shape and bare on her own practice while maintaining her own aesthetic. With a playful palette bright with the colors of childhood and ordinary objects and materials, Ebitz reminds the viewer of the beauty and poetry in the everyday. Blank canvases function like protest signs, empty swings conjure the body, movement, and trust, and a trampoline points to freedom and self-improvement. Ebitz uses these symbols of change to remind us all that there is, as she states, “only good intention, intention for change and improvement.”

Ebitz studied at Bard College and Penn State University. She has taught adults and children at the Art Alliance of Central PA, the Smithsonian, and Propel Charter Schools. Locally, she helped establish Bunker Projects, an artist-operated residency and gallery space.

Exposures is curated by Jessica Beck, associate curator of art.