First Friday Citywide ARTScrawl Event
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Opening Artist's Reception: October 1, 2021
From: 3-6:00 PM
Hours: Monday: By Appointment
Tuesday-Saturday: 11-3:00 PM
Contact: Valerie Tibbetts 505-450-6516 or 505-883-7410
Show Closes: October 29, 2021
Title: "Shape of Language"
New Work by artists: Meredith W. McPherson (Calligraphy) and Harriette Tsosie (Painting)
Harriette Tsosie states, "Adding text to my paintings was a natural evolution in the process of finding my own voice and style. In high school, I studied Latin and Spanish. In college, French. As my painting practice evolved, language became an integral part of my work, largely due to these academic studies and researching ancients texts and manuscripts.
After moving from the Midwest to New Mexico, I became fascinated with the idea of unwritten languages spoken by the Native tribes here. I wondered if the petroglyphs would have eventually evolved into a written language. I referenced them in early work. Tribes are now developing written languages: most are using the English (Arabic letters) alphabet, which I don't find visually interesting.
For me, the visual appeal of ancient languages is their sense of mystery and sensuous shapes, I care little for the actual words or translations--except as symbols in my larger exploration of identity as it is shaped by language.
My research sources include articles, manuscripts, books and of course, the internet. I admire the work of other artists who incorporate text, particularly Ethiopian artist Wosene Kosrof."
Meredith W. McPherson's traces of black ink on white paper interpret ancient Chinese language symbols. The shape of Chinese language has evolved over millennia. From pictographic images on oracle bones, ideographic impressions on ceremonial bronze objects, characters designed for identification seals, to modern standard script, written Chinese is a symbolic and potent means of communication. Meredith's Shape of Language series includes artworks representing the evolution of written Chinese characters from ancient Oracle Bone Inscriptions to modern Standard Script. She releases the images to the custody of the art viewers who reinterpret the symbols through their own personal cultural lens.
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H: Monday: By Appointment
Tuesday - Friday: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Saturday: 11 AM to 5:30 PM
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