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Aug. 25, 2006

Artist Natalie DeJong's 'Self Portrait on a

'Self portrait on a Tricycle' is one of artist Natalie DeJong's pieces in a current exhibit in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room. Submitted photo.

MU exhibit large on color, posture

An exhibit of paintings by Sioux Falls artist Natalie DeJong will be in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room through Oct. 3.

DeJong's paintings express her interest in intertwining color, neediness, smirks, dress, posture, legs and other physical and emotional attributes. More current paintings include children's blocks, snakes, tricycles, tulips and high heels; objects everyone relates to in different ways.

DeJong said she was influenced by family relationships, especially with her four older sisters, when she was growing up in rural South Dakota. This interest led to her series of females in social and domestic settings.

"My paintings date themselves to a time, place or setting when something profound occurred. An extension of my experience becomes my work," she said.

The Pioneer Room is on the third floor of the MU and doubles as a meeting room. For viewing times between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., call 292-1111.