Tangled Truths

May 18 – August 18, 2018 in the BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery

Tangled Truths artworks by Michelle Browne and Rise Nagin

Tangled Truths is a fiber exhibition by Pittsburgh artists Michelle Browne and Risë Nagin that explores impermanence, perception, and the truth of everyday life.

Inspired by the verdant natural environment, Browne creates black-and-white monotype printed fiber installations that employ expressive mark making and recycled materials. The tension between curly and vertical shapes in the installation is a metaphor for our search for clarity as we navigate the opposing ‘truths’ in our world.

In Nagins work, encrypted passages from major religious canons and contemporary writers are inscribed on newspaper accounting ecological disruptions, political turmoil, and human suffering. Historically, language has framed perceptions and, consequently, emotions and behavior.  It is essential to the artist that neither the press clippings nor the writings on top can be easily deciphered; sharp contrast between black and white echoes the divisions within current discourse and the limits of language.


CC’s BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery is located at 500 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (in the Lobby of the Steel Plaza T-Station at Oliver Street and Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh). This exhibit is opened daily through midnight and is also free to the public.