Sat, Dec 3 | 2:00 PM | FREE
Please join us on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. when artist Melanie Kehoss will deliver an Artist Talk and Gallery Tour of her solo exhibition “Curious Origins” in the Terrace Gallery. The discussion will focus on her research and selection of the curious rituals depicted in her cut paper silhouettes, and the techniques she uses to build the light boxes glowing on the gallery walls in the exhibition. The exhibition “Melanie Kehoss: Curious Origins” will remain on view through December 17, 2016 in the Terrace Gallery. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.
In her solo exhibition, “Curious Origins,” which will be on view from November 5 through December 17, Melanie Kehoss presents a series of light boxes which combine paper-cutting, painting, sculpture and light to explore the influences that continually form and re-form culture in the United States. Her medium of paper-cutting — a craft which has traveled from China, to the Middle East, to Spain, to Mexico, to the U.S. — embodies the idea of cultural fluidity. Fascinated by the histories and peculiarities of “American” traditions, Kehoss’ light boxes depict a spectrum of celebrations and interactions, rituals that have formed from the mingling of our various ethnic and religious backgrounds. With a tantalizing balance of simplicity and complexity, her silhouettes invite us to challenge stereotypical assumptions and place ourselves in these scenes.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Melanie Kehoss received her MFA in printmaking from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her BA in studio art from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants and has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, and Georgetown University. Kehoss’ work has been widely exhibited regionally and nationally in juried exhibitions as well as solo shows at Artisphere, Arlington, VA; Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC; and Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA. She has taught college art classes at Georgetown University, Carthage College, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kehoss, a native of Milwaukee, WI, maintains her studio Arlington, VA. Learn more at: www.kehoss.com