Double Vision: paintings and mixed media
Elizabeth Awalt and Angelo Fertitta
February 4 – March 18, 2015
Artists’ Talk and Reception:
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Snow date: Thursday, February 26
Fertitta Artist’s Statement: My new work draws on a modified version of the tradition of “automatic writing”. It is not referential, but rather a response to the moment. The drawings evolve one mark at a time, always in response to the previous marks. WithThe National Park Series, I have added modified images taken of national parks as part of the creation of the paintings. The Drawings overlaid on the modified images become the paintings, representing the stream of consciousness experienced while viewing the landscapes. While painting, the use of color follows a similar process. The process for me is both spiritual and meditative; a means to be within myself.
Awalt Artist’s Statement: Elizabeth Awalt’s paintings have always been rooted in the natural world and evolve from observational studies to expressive, evocations of nature. The micro and macro view of nature exist simultaneously in her recent paintings which weave those two worlds together. Oppositional forces of growth and decay, dark and light, and interior and exterior create a tension both visual and spiritual. Awalt’s paintings are physical beings that shift and change through sanded, wiped, and sensually painted surfaces. The image and process share a language that transcends and transforms her subject into pure painterly experience.
Mixed Media Works
Merill Comeau and Janet Kawada
Artists’ Talk and Reception: TBA
Comeau Artist’s Statement: I am a mixed media artist assembling large, wall-hung fabric murals and collaged installations of discarded consumer materials.I bring together incongruous fibers redolent of past lives: worn blue jeans, plastic mesh vegetable bags, vintage linens, paper cups, obsolete slides, and cardboard boxes.Sometimes I use scraps in their original form respecting the source of the debris, other timesI deconstruct and alter materials with paint and print, often I use thread to draw line.In my use of cast-offs I explore lives lived, social constructs of identity and class, our speeded up consumer cycle, and the challenges of living in a complex world where we are bombarded with information and beset with challenges.
Kawada Artist’s Statement: Touch is crucial; the feeling produced while making as well as interacting with the objects. The concepts of security and strength in opposition to tentativeness, fragility and frailty are prevalent in today's world and in my work. The material and the form it takes illustrate all of these abstractions.
Time, whether it is a moment in time, a period of time, or a passage of time, is prevalent within the iconography of my pieces. The work flows between the physicality of material and the process of time slowing down giving weight to an illusory concept.