July 9–September 7, 2015, Blakely Hall
Reception Thursday, July 23, 6–8 pm
Curated by Anna Macrae
Please join us this summer for an exhibit of collage work by by Anne La Fever and Liz Ruest entitled Layered Stories.
Bird of Paradise, Anne La Fever
Layers of art that tell a story: that is collage. Does it matter if the layers are visible? Should the stories come first, or be built from the whole? Two collage artists explore these questions in different ways.
Anne La Fever’s collage work is grounded in traditional methods of the 20th century. She enjoys the feel of the paper, the physical manipulation of the collage elements, hand coloring many of the archival images, collecting the antique source material and frames, and the actual cutting and gluing process itself. The computer only comes in to use for research and storing images.
Liz Ruest’s work propels collage into the digital age of the 21st century. She uses traditionally created collages and printmaking elements, but then scans them to use along with her digital photographs. All of the layered elements are integrated, nuanced, and manipulated on the computer screen.
can summon fire, Liz Ruest
Both artists however share a common desire to create work containing compelling images that are able to portray a story for the observant onlooker. Anne generally has a story in mind before beginning her work, while Liz prefers to allow the story to unfold intuitively as the piece is being built.
So what comes first, the chicken or the egg? It really doesn’t matter to these artists as long as the work evokes a memory, creates a conversation, or gives you a moment of enjoyment.
Artist Talk, Thursday July 23, 7 pm
Anne and Liz will each be speaking briefly about their work at the reception. Come hear about the layers and stories directly from the artists, and see how your impressions compare with their thoughts during the creative process.