Ingredients for Happiness

From where does happiness come? Is it from a fulfilling career? A loving family? Economic security? Good health? Community involvement? World peace and prosperity?

The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series at Rutgers University is presenting The Art and Science of Happiness: Patricia Dahlman from through Dec. 10 at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library Galleries, Rutgers University (8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick),  Mon.-Fri.  9am-4:30 pm.

Patricia Dahlman’s multimedia work was selected to provide a visual component to the Rutgers Institute for Research on Women’s 2010-11 interdisciplinary seminar, “The Art and Science of Happiness.” The theme explores how economic security, political stability, family, careers, health, community involvement and other domains contribute (or not) to one’s sense of being happy.

Dahlman’s subject matter ranges across the political, social and economic spectrums, while addressing issues of nature and society. She uses sewn and stitched forms made from canvas and colorful fabric to create both sculptural and two-dimensional works that are playful or serious, and sometimes both. The works selected for this exhibition include landscapes, abstract forms, narratives and figural works that comment on the environmental destruction in her community as well as recent political events in America. They represent her visions and hopes for an improved future for society and the world.

A reception and  gallery talk by Patricia Dahlman will take place Sept. 20,  5- 7 pm, with the gallery talk beginning at 5:30 pm. In addition, there will be an artist talk by Patricia Dahlman Nov. 18, noon.

About ilenedube

Ilene Dube is a writer, artist, filmmaker and curator. Her short stories have been published in more than a dozen literary journals and anthologies, and hundreds of her art reviews, features and essays have appeared at Hyperallergic, Philadelphia Public Media, Huffington Post, Sculpture Magazine and other media. Her short documentaries on art movements of central New Jersey have been featured at the New Jersey Film Festival, Nassau Film Festival, Trenton Film Festival and elsewhere.
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