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The Matthews hosts an exhibit titled “The Waterbed,” of original oil on board paintings by Hannah Parrett May 20 through June 30, 2016.  An opening reception takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, May 20, in the art gallery.  The show will be open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This exhibit is free and open to the public.

"Boat Grid"

“Boat Grid” CLICK to enlarge

Hannah Parrett is a South Dakota native who grew up in the Black Hills region. She moved to Portland Maine in 2011. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting from Maine College of Art (MECA) in the Spring of 2015. While at MECA, Hannah received the John D. and Barbara D. Muench endowed Memorial Grant and the Presidential Scholarship.

She displayed her work in various group exhibitions at MECA, including “Mundanity and Mysticism: Drawing out the Self.” Hannah is currently living in northern Washington state where she continues to investigate both the traditional and unexpected processes of painting. Her representation of perceptual oddity reveals a world that continues to move beyond her conception of reality, a process which has always left her in a state of uncertain wonderment.

Artist Statement about this exhibit

“The Waterbed” is a series of works on paper, oil paintings, and three-dimensional objects, that explore the perceptual oddities of color and space within a landscape. I use vibrant, enticing color and elusive form as tools to represent the intangible qualities of light in water environments. The movement and repetition of these liquid elements have the ability to create moments of intimate and alienating sensations.

 

"These Ants are not Watermelon – This Blue is not Sky Blue " CLICK to enlarge

“These Ants are not Watermelon – This Blue is not Sky Blue ” CLICK to enlarge

Building still lifes is a way to study an object’s presence in space. I use this process with materials that both absorb and reflect light to explore the subjective nature of perception when painting. It is similar to watching the untraceable pattern of waves in a body of water, or attempting to cup liquid in your hands. In making this work, I explore the complex relationship between an intangible inner world, and a concrete materialized outer world.

 

This body of work magnifies optical environments of indefinable forms, such as atmosphere, water, light, and reflection, to expose the absurd and poetic sensation of observing visual phenomena in the natural world. “The Waterbed” is a way for me to make evident my own fiction, renewing the formal language of color, form, and space, through an artificial landscape. They are objects that manifest the acts of remembering, redefining, mimicking, representing, transforming, becoming, slipping, and ending, ultimately speaking to the disorientation of a prescribed and uniformed experience of reality.Everything we encounter through simple observation has a layer of unknowability waiting to be uncovered. Photo index

Everything we encounter through simple observation has a layer of unknowability waiting to be uncovered. 

Photo index

SHOW POSTER: Click to enlarge

SHOW POSTER: Click to enlarge

The Waterbed Grid
Oil on Panel
11”x14”

Float
Oil on Panel
12”x16”

Raft
Oil on Panel
11”x14”

These Ants are not Watermelon – This Blue is not Sky Blue
Oil on Panel
11”x14”

Penumbra Peripheral Migraine
Oil on Panel
20”x24”

Fluorescent Light
Oil on Panel
20”x24”

Wave Study #1
Colored Pencil on Paper
11”x15”

Wave Study #2
Colored Pencil on Paper
11”x15”

Whistle Lake – The Observer
Oil on Panel
11”x14”