‘Submerging’ to open March 5 in Spiva Art Gallery

A new exhibit set to open in Spiva Art Gallery will take visitors on a dive below the surface through a multimedia installation that incorporates video, audio and photography.

Jena Seiler’s exhibit “Submerging” will have an opening reception at noon Monday, March 5, followed by an Artist Talk at 2 p.m.

The exhibit begins with questions about water—specifically with questions about public water systems inspired by an accidental spring flowing from an asphalt road.

What are the limits of our water systems? Where do they begin; where do they end? Where is the water going when we hear it rushing underneath a sidewalk? Where has it gone when it has ceased to come out of our faucets? Many of us are adept at blocking out sounds of our environment and mechanisms of our infrastructure. Often such things become present only when something goes wrong: when there is a breach, an error, a misfire, a disaster.

Descending below the surface, “Submerging” captures moments of sensorial experience set in one city’s regularly functioning water system. The installation brings the sounds, colors, spaces, movements — even the feeling — of water into relation with visitors to make water inescapably present, while also drawing attention to, and testing the limits of, media.      

Originally from Taos, New Mexico, Seiler earned a BFA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from Ohio University. In the fall of 2017, she finished a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University. Seiler has exhibited at Kitchen Table in Philadelphia, Penn., The Majestic in Nelsonville, Ohio, and as a part of the Ohio Arts League in Columbus, Ohio. She won Best Editor from the 2017 Oil Valley Film Festival for her work on the feature-length film “Meadow Bridge.” For more information, visit jenaseiler.com.

“Submerging” will run through Friday, March 30. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free and open to the public.