Reception, Terrace Gallery | Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 | 2:00 PM | $Free
Meet the Artist Reception | Saturday, January 20 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE
Please join us Saturday, January 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a reception to meet artist Rhonda J. Smith and to view her solo exhibition “Travel as Talisman,” featuring intaglio prints inspired by journey and discovery. The artist will deliver brief remarks and be on hand to answer questions throughout the event.
EXHIBIT ON VIEW: January 13 – February 24, 2018
The exhibition “Rhonda J. Smith: Travel as Talisman” will be on view from January 13 through February 24, 2018 in the Terrace Gallery, located on the upper level.
Exhibit Description: Travel and encounters with the art and culture of other peoples is a powerful motivator for printmaker Rhonda J. Smith. The themes of her intaglio prints presented in the exhibition “Travel as Talsiman” involve journey, excursions that occur both within the process of creating and in the physical encounters with places and cultures. Like the layers of journey that reveal themselves over time, Smith uses a matrix created on acrylic sheets printed in layers using non-toxic inks. Her printing plates are repurposed sheets of Plexiglas originally used to protect the table tops in her studio. After years of cutting and gluing on these transparent surfaces, she was preparing to toss them out but decided to try using them to make prints. By overprinting the various plates, and creating some with specific images, she found the surfaces produced a tangle of lines suggesting maps and coordinates. For Smith, the process of travel and printmaking are similar. Despite assumptions about where a journey may lead, she is always surprised by what she eventually discovers.
IMAGE (above): Rhonda J. Smith, detail of “The Memory of Water,” monotype, 5-color 5-plate intaglio, woodcut, collage, gold pigment, 44 x 90 inches (triptych).