Tai Lipan: Architecture of Light


Viewing our exhibits is free because of the generosity of Horicon Bank.

August 12, 2021 – September 25, 2021 all-day

Art opening from 6 – 8 pm on August 12.
Exhibition will be on display from August 12, 2021 –  September 25, 2021

Tai Lipan is an Indianapolis based artist working as a painter, Director of University Galleries, Co-director of the Jeeninga Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology and Associate Professor of Art at Anderson University. She received her MFA in painting from Western Carolina University in 2006. Lipan actively exhibits her work with latest exhibitions including the Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, and solo exhibits at the Bubbler in WI, Skyes gallery in PA, and Marion University in Indiana.

She used light as a metaphor for vulnerability, inevitability, commemoration, and celebration. Many of the paintings symbolically depict the dramatic collisions of weather, light and the landscape. Beams of light illuminate vulnerable trees and fields, while impregnated clouds loom closely, threatening or spilling over in tear-like drops.

In other works, light rains down in celebration as manmade explosions illuminate the night sky. The fireworks commemorate freedom while triggering smoke reminiscent of war and loss.

The painterly play between the drawing lines of the horizon and the compression of the symbolic elements, in all of the work, is strengthened through the relief process. Color, light and form dance between illusionistic and literal layers enhancing the dynamic.

For more information about the artist click HERE!


Notes from Shannon Kupfer, THELMA’s Curator

Tai Lipan’s work is a creative synthesis of wood sculpture and painting. Using light as the common thread that weaves the different pieces together, Lipan represents a wide variety of light-infused phenomena. The layers of wood physically reach out from the two-dimensional wall space, simultaneously animating and abstracting the images. Atop the wood, Lipan’s painterly brushstrokes further enhance light, shadow, and forms. Many of her pieces remind me of the historical triptychs commonly found in Medieval and Renaissance Art. Traditionally used on altars, these triptych-like works seem to elevate and revere light. An in-person experience of Lipan’s exhibition “Architecture of Light” is a captivating and dynamic fusion of sculpture and painting. 



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Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 – 7 pm
Friday: 10 – 5 pm
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