Past Exhibitions

Image: DC Awake by Andrea Mortson

Signs and Symbols: Paintings by Andrea Mortson

18 February to 27 March 2011

Andrea Mortson's paintings imagine a world that is marked by interpretations of the natural environment. They are embedded in a traditional landscape-based practice, with art historical references to Classical paintings of the figure in a landscape. At the same time, they operate as fragments of, and referents to, something larger. Overt framing mechanisms and design motifs derivative of 'the natural' infiltrate most of the scenes, as if they were devised simply to pose the question of what would be revealed if our field of vision were expanded and patterns allowed to repeat.

In Mortson's newest work, the figure has been foregrounded, and references to art historical relationships with the landscape are overt. We are presented with a riff on a picnic scene, the landscape as a backdrop for Classical portraiture, a Leda and the Swan reenactment, witches, pilgrimages, hidden cities, pathetic fallacy, magical thinking, phenomenal nature and much, much more.

Guest-writers are Denise Markonish, Curator at MASS MoCA and John Murchie, Coordinator of Struts Gallery, Sackville, NB.

Image: DC Awake, 2008, oil on canvas

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