Bette Klegon Halby (BS Design 1962, BA Art Education 1962)
Bette Klegon Halby “Black Jax”, 2017 The city fuels my practice and fills my soul. It serves as both a platform for thinking afresh and a vehicle for expression. With its excitement, energy, emotion, rhythm, conflict, power and intensity, the urban landscape is the source of inspiration for “Black Jax”. In general my work is a metaphor for the lyrical qualities found in music, much akin to that of riffs in jazz . “Black Jax” is no exception. It extends the boundaries of two-dimensional space, creating spatial relationshipsÑshapes that shape the way we move and mold the way we see. Color selection is always a matter of decision. Selecting color is like choosing a word in a poem. It must resonate within me, evoke emotion and strike a chord.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.