Mitchell and Tucker at Drerup Gallery

March 16th, 2005 by Adam

Mitchell: Primary Heat/Domino

Tucker: untitled ceramic
Artwork by two Plymouth State University art professors, Annette Mitchell and Sue Tucker, will be exhibited in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery from March 28 to April 9.

Mitchell’s polystyrene prints, inspired by both representational and abstract forms, were created during a recent sabbatical.

Mitchell’s printing technique has been highlighted in a new DVD and video, articles in American Artist and SchoolArts magazines and a book, Foam Is Where The Art Is–New Ways To Print.

Mitchell has taught printmaking workshops throughout New England for groups such as the Cape Cod Art Association, the New England Art Education Conference, the Mt. Washington Art Association and the Sharon Art Center.

The process and its results are both simple and striking, Mitchell says. “The rich surface qualities of the prints create textures unlike any other medium.”

Mitchell often uses multiple media to add depth to her prints. She uses rubber cement and acrylic paint to create “glue drawings” that can be further revealed or masked. Her art quilts – arrangements of colorful fabric and patterns – are also created as “ever-evolving” art pieces, constructed without prior sketches. Many of Mitchell’s artworks are influenced by plant forms and other natural images.

Tucker’s ceramic work is also inspired by the natural world.
“Growing up in the Deep South, in middle Georgia, my sisters and I spent our mostly unstructured childhoods playing outside, exploring the neighboring woods, creeks and hills,” says Tucker.

Tucker uses the structures of wildflowers, nuts, seed pods, shells, geodes, fossils and other natural forms to inform her work in clay. She too allows her work to evolve over time, reflecting the growth and changes she sees in natural objects like shells, seed pods and plants.

“The fired ceramic material in the finished forms has an enduring quality, which seems to provide me a touchstone with life in the passage of time,” she says.

The opening reception for True G.R.I.T.S. – Girls Raised in the South will be held March 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. Tucker and Mitchell will lead an Artists’ Talk March 30 at 4 p.m.
The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is located in the Draper Maynard Building on Main Street in Plymouth. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. and Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and holidays.

For more information, contact the gallery at (603) 535-2614.

©2005, Plymouth State University

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