School of Art and Design Alumni Exhibition 2021

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Wellington B. Gray Gallery Exhibition

Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge


Jill Eberle
Graduated 2003

My work examines the results of human interactions – the consequences we encounter by trying to balance our autonomy with the roles society assigns us, or our independent lives with our intimate ones. Portraits a tug at the treads of personal narratives, allowing stories to be rewoven and contextualized. These images talk about power and privilege, but also vulnerability and perseverance – the experiences that mark our souls leaving both the baggage we tote and the bonds we cherish.

I hung around ECU for a long time – nearly two decades – first as a student and then as an instructor. This piece uses an image transfer process that Paul Hartley developed and taught. For myself, as for so many others, Paul’s knowledge, insight, and encouragement remain the shining light of my time there.

Not This Time, Charcoal, acrylic & oil on aluminum, 40″ x 60″ x 1.5″, 2019