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“The State We’re In Water: Constructing a Sense of Place in the Hydrosphere” exhibit by lead artists Marguerite Perret, Robin Lasser and Bruce Scherting on Monday, August 31, 2020 at the OSU Museum of Art in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The OSU Museum of Art's newest exhibit intends to dazzle and prompt deep thinking.

About water.

Artists, scientists and community members came together to create a free water-themed exhibit at the Museum of Art, scheduled to run until May 29. 

"The State We’re In Water: Constructing a Sense of Space in Water," displays the combined efforts of artists Robin Lasser, Marguerite Perret and Bruce Scherting. With help from various scientists, professors and engineers, the artwork creates an experience for diverse visitors. 

Kristin Duncan, the marketing specialist for the museum, said that there is something for everyone: whimsical pieces, digital art on screen and poetry readings as part of five installations. 

“This exhibition can be heavy in terms of science and really you can get out of it what you are interested in, but it also is just beautifully put together,” Duncan said.

Perret took objects found along waterways and sealed them in ceramic to create The Tangled Strangled Bank exhibit. Works such as the combination of feminine hygiene products and seashells, transforms the area into a dreamlike space. The artist’s intention is to get people talking about water and how it is impacted by humans, Duncan said.

The Stillwater Wastewater Treatment Plant assisted with locating many of the objects such as toothbrushes, pill bottles and bullet shells. Going beyond the visuals, the exhibit encourages thoughts about the environment and even human disposal in terms of how the things we take into our bodies make their way into water sources, sometimes with harmful consequences. 

“When I take birth control or ibuprofen, it gets into the water stream and it affects the ecosystem, fish reproduction, species of frogs and things that rely on the water,” Duncan said. 

In addition to scientific and artistic inspiration, a few of the works are emotional. Lasser displays an homage to her mother in a series titled “The Weather Report.” Inspired by her time in Japan during a typhoon, the work is a mix of kaleidoscope and assembled symbolism. These are a study of how water interacts with surfaces. 

However, the more personal aspects are inspired by her mother. Lasser discovered a book of poetry written by her mother after her death. Coincidentally, the writings were poetry-themed. The book sits among the artwork in the exhibit. One piece is a direct tribute to her mother, which visitors can locate under the screen showcasing Lasser’s moving digital art.