For Walls Art Honors exhibition by Ivey Dahlstrom

Gallery Run: March 26 to April 3, 2019


Reception: 5:00 PM, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, Carlos Gallery


Artist Talk: 9:00 AM Friday, April 26, 2019, Convocation Hall



Carlos Gallery

105 Kennerly Road, Sewanee, Tennessee 37375

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 - 5:00PM


*NOTE: The Gallery will be closed Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 9:00-11:00 AM

For Walls Art Honors Exhibition by Ivey Dahlstrom

Ivey Dahlstrom, Watered Down, August 2013, platinum-palladium print, 4x5 inches


The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at the University of the South is pleased to present For Walls, an exhibition of photographs by Art Honors candidate, Ivey Dahlstrom.

Compiled from day-to-day observations, Dahlstrom’s work explores growth, mortality, and memory through digital, silver gelatin, and platinum-palladium prints.

Images of domestic scenes and day-to-day objects populate the work. They form the scaffolding around routine moments that are actually loaded with significance. Thus, this work invites us to be concerned about articles of familiarity. Sequenced in pairs of images and paced along the gallery wall in clusters, the exhibition generates a dialogue between photographs and with a suggested, but invisible, space. The dialogue, for instance between an object or body, behaving in some way within paired frames, triggers both thought and emotion. Together, these frame a window onto the human landscape that is broader than just what is presented in a single image. “This work is about the tensions and collisions between how something looks versus how it feels,” say Dahlstrom, going on to suggest that regardless of what we share, such as our homes, memories and community, there is a part of us that is ultimately un-sharable and alone.From this separation between what can and cannot be shared, arise contradictions. All aspects of existence are saturated in contradiction, but to ignore them, to ignore a fundamental part of what it is to be human, is to be blind.” She symbolically equates blindness, in this context, with walls. Consequently, For Walls tries to understand the look and feel of how we intentionally blind ourselves, and build behavioral and emotional walls. Ultimately, the work proposes that we turn these walls into a home, within ourselves and amidst others, in order to survive.

In her final semester at the University of the South, Ivey B. Dahlstrom is completing her Bachelors of Art in sculpture and photography. Ivey was born in Seattle, Washington but grew up moving around the world consequently proving the world’s smallness. Ivey is a collegiate athlete, she rows on the crew team for the university and joined the University of Cape Town’s crew team while studying abroad her junior spring. In South Africa, Ivey furthered her artistic and cultural anthropological interests by taking courses centered around gender, sexuality, and politics.


Presented by

Department of Art, Art HIstory and Visual Studies,

Sewanee: The University of the South

735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383, USA

contact: Pradip Malde, 931.598.1537,