Opening reception: Friday, June 2, 2017, 7 – 9 pm Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S Fraser St. State College, PA 16801
On view: June 2 – 27, 2017
Geologist John Holy once wrote: “The sediments of the past are many miles in collective thickness: yet the feeble silt of the rivers built them all from base to summit.” Sediment is fashioned from the history of its own creation. Each layer is visually distinguishable from the ones that came before or follow after it, and together these seemingly insignificant strata make up the greatest canyons and mountains.
In Stratified, seven contemporary artists explore the ways in which layering and pentimenti processes can be used to create complex beautiful things. Ranging in media, style and concept, these works use painterly techniques, printmaking, collage, found and collected objects, and photo-transfer techniques to depict depth born from the process of repeated application.
” To me, the hunt for interesting materials that I can repurpose is an essential part of the creative process. Where someone else sees an old broken Timex or Hamilton watch, I see a pair of earrings, a necklace, and charms for a bracelet. …”
“She loves capturing the beauty of nature through close ups of flowers, leaves, icicles on trees, and many other sights captured while walking locally in Centre County. …”
“Through her papercuttings, she enjoys highlighting the beauty that is constantly around us, although sometimes overlooked. …”
“As a child, I always loved to draw and was encouraged by my dear cousin who is an artist in New York. But when I graduated from high school, I was torn between my love of art and my love of math. …”
“After graduation, I worked as a staff photographer for two years at James Madison University, mainly photographing events. …”
“Go ahead, touch it. It’s okay, pick it up. What do the pages sound like? …”
Sifting through the quotidian clutter…