Bubblegum & Whiskey is a collaborative, interdisciplinary duo working seventy miles from the geographical center of the United States. In areas of dispersed population such as this, families and neighbors still manage to form a vital sense of community and establish a place to call home. Recent paintings, objects, and GIFS explore the highs and lows of these aesthetically significant rural experiences. Architecture, landscapes, old homes, heirlooms, thrift stores, and garage sales drive the sense of materiality and craftsmanship. Pieces are lighthearted or humorous. Thematic areas of exploration include need vs. want, making-do vs. excelling, and buying vs. creating.
Kevin R. Mercer received his BFA from Western Illinois University and his MFA from Penn State University. Sarah E. Swist received her BFA from Western Illinois University and her MFA from Penn State University.
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