French Professor's art exhibit continues in gallery through May 10

An art exhibit that features works inspired by the linear designs of Aboriginal Australians can be viewed through May 10 in the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery, located in the FA1 Building, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

“Lines that Matter” features paintings and sculpture by French Professor Marthe Aponte.

Gallery director David Babb describes Aponte as a mature, self-aware artist who uses a distinctive syntax of lines and dots in her work. 

Aponte traces this formal language to the linear designs of Aboriginal Australians and their cultural belief that “all things living and non-living, animate and inanimate, have been created by sacred ancestral beings whose journeys of creation can be traced through the land.” 

Inspired by these Aboriginal “songlines,” Aponte adopts their formal language to recreate her childhood memories of the French countryside.  She describes these memories as “a bodily experience in time . . . with beings and creatures whose bodies exist outside of time . . .

“The repetition of dots is like an eternal return where bodies dissolve and reemerge into the vastness of the universe,” said Aponte.

Gallery shows are free. The gallery is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.