Artist pays tribute to craft in solo exhibition
A solo exhibition at McDaniel College showcases 2-D and 3-D mixed media works by Amy Boone-McCreesh. “Ornate Organics” runs Feb. 26-March 22, with an opening reception 7-9 p.m. and artist’s talk at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, in Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall.
Boone-McCreesh’s mixed media works explore decoration and human relationships. She is interested in the role that decoration and embellishment play in tribal and foreign cultures and takes inspiration from celebratory and funerary displays.
“Currently, my work is a tribute to craft and the long human tradition of making,” said Boone-McCreesh. “I am interested in exploring the cultural lines between functional items and decorations and revisiting these themes in the context of contemporary art.”
Found objects, second-hand fabrics, celebratory ephemera repetition and the amassing of materials and mark making are her primary vehicles for expression.
“Referencing the visual vocabulary within my three-dimensional work has acted as a way to inform and ground the abstract compositions of my two-dimensional work,” she says. “It is my interest to evoke imagery of rituals, tradition and ceremony while maintaining a contemporary aesthetic.”
Raised in south-central Pennsylvania, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and Master of Fine Arts degree from Towson University. Currently, she resides in Baltimore and teaches art to both young children and adults. More information about Amy Boone-McCreesh can be found at http://www.amyboonemccreesh.com.
The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public. Rice Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon-4 p.m., Thursday, noon-8 p.m., and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Call 410-857-2595 for more information.