Deborah Howard, Arachne, Acrylics, ink on paper, 1999.
Location: Anderson Academic Commons
Artist Statement: Arachne was a mortal who created weavings more beautiful than the goddess Athena, who jealously turned Arachne into a spider. The painting resembles a labyrinth. Labyrinths have been used since ancient times for meditation. A labyrinth’s cyclical design leads the participant into the center and then returns them back to the entrance to begin again. Like a labyrinth, a library is a place where one can still wander and discover unexpected ideas that might lead to other ideas and new realizations.