CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
March 3 - April 16, 2017
Figureworks has been on the move - one flight down to the ground floor space.
It is with great pleasure to re-open the gallery with new works on paper by Arlene Morris.
Arlene Morris was one of the first artists to exhibit at Figureworks in 2000, making this inaugural exhibition even more celebratory.
Arlene Morris divides her studio time between oil painting and mixed media work on paper. A Maine-based artist, she is inspired by her contemporaries and environment.
This new series uses handmade Kozo paper with embedded chips of Maine mica, created by neighboring artist Richard Lee. Arlene has molded, stitched, painted and stained the paper to create these spectacular reliefs. The work is personal and haunting. The figures, seemingly delicate and innocent hold dark secrets that is often revealed through hand stitched text.
Arlene says of the this work, "Sometimes I feel I’m all over the place when it comes to art. One minute I am engrossed in a painting, liking it but then needing to walk away from it. At the moment nothing is more beautiful than handmade paper and an idea when they come together. It started with a written piece; a stream of consciousness that went on for four typed pages about now and then, the time in between, growing up, before we have a sense of who we are and where we are going… each child looking forward; a woman looking backward. Out of the writing came a series of handmade paper figures, each painted, pieced, stitched and molded with embroidered words from the story."
This work is a perfect compliment to Figureworks new exhibition space - each historically reflecting on the past while recreating a striking new future.
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