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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Image and Ritual: Selected Work by Anna Bayles Arthur

Image and Ritual:  Selected Work by Anna Bayles Arthur, 2005 - 2015

Exhibition Dates: August 11 thru 23.

Artist reception, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, 5 - 8 p.m.  (Arts Night Out)

This exhibition presents a careful selection of work made over the span of a decade, a retrospective view of one artist's delvings into the ancient and meditative act of image construction.  The body of work reveals the evolution of a unique visual vocabulary, landscapes of memory, dream, and invention. Each piece is the result of an intuitive process, a playful tug between figure and ground.  Layers of transparent pigments become the atmosphere through which forms float or sit, emerge or disintegrate.  Within this atmosphere, there is an explicit organicism that is both familiar and unfamiliar: biology, landscape, underwater worlds, things mechanical, parts of composite bodies.  These constructed relationships reveal narratives that echo the drama of our human experience and the intricate movements of the natural world.  

"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."

Image: Memory of Something Broken, 2015, Acrylic, Oil, Pencil on paper, 37 x 45"

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