Opening Reception: September 21, 2019
My work is play. I collect and configure shape and color. This practice began in childhood when I took pleasure from giving order and purpose to cast aside fragments, the detritus of daily life. Bits of broken glass and plastic found on sidewalks. Scraps from my mother’s woodworking bin. In adulthood, I have continued variations of this process. Now working in painting, drawing, collage and sculpture, I produce visually complex images and objects. Using found materials, I arrange and rearrange. I then vigorously edit and revise my work until I arrive at a place where the materials are fully reimagined into something both familiar and foreign.
Tara Morin is an artist and educator living and working in Maine. You can find her roaming the coastline and sidewalks of Rockland, head down, looking for treasure.
Ashley Normal holds the understanding that “everyone creates and lives in their own reality.” Her work stretches across various media and deals with: mental illness, memory, taboo, normality, sexuality, and gender. Working in various media she makes observations in what is already there, illuminating the bizarre and absurd in the familiar. Engaging the viewer in play, her work hides and reveals; illuminating shame, guilt, and the socially forbidden. She has been influenced by modern design, Dada, Pop Art, Surrealism, Confessional art, and the Feminist art movements.
Normal’s work has been exhibited in several solo and group shows in New England and beyond including: STUDIO 659, Whiting, IN; Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY; 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH; and Buoy Gallery, Kittery, ME, the Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA, the Bardo Gallery, Cambridge, MA, and the MAKE8ELIEVE Magazine, Chicago, IL & Geneva, Switzerland. She was a finalist for the Walter Feldman Fellowship in 2015, as well as awarded Best in Show at the Rochester Biennial, Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Rochester, NH, 2015.
Normal received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from MassArt in 2015 and her BFA in Art Education in 2007. She currently resides in York, ME, where she holds a studio at Chases Garage Artist Studios.
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