Mariah Boyle creates life-sized mixed media drawings and installations using dry materials such as charcoal, conte crayon, pastel, and water-based media such as ink, watercolor, and paint on paper. Her drawings look and feel fragile. The paper references skin, the drawings reference types of bodily organs or organic material. In many instances, the works are temporary in nature, always moving because they are not fixed to the page and are often site-specific due to the inability to re-install because of physical damage. Mariah received her BA from Eastern Oregon University and her MFA from Washington State University in 2012. She currently teaches at Spokane Falls Community College.
Ruth E. Allan creates porcelain clay vessels that are wheel thrown, hand polished, hand carved, and saggar fired. The subtle, yet striking, effects of color are the result of the saggar firing process, in which minerals and combustibles are thoughtfully placed on or near the surface of the ceramic ware being fired. Ruth received Her MFA in painting and design from the University of Illinois. She currently teaches ceramics at Wenatchee Valley College, and has served as thee chairman of the city arts commission and curator/exhibits specialist for the Museum of the Columbia.
The abstracted forms and pattern that exist within the drawings and on the surface of the fired clay are the result of each artist coordinating with chance and allowing the process of making to contribute to the artworks’ final aesthetic appearance. The artwork presented in this exhibition challenges the viewer to find the familiar in rich layers of visual information and appreciate the beauty of the abstraction that results from its production. In this way, the viewer is allowed to interpret the work, seeing in it things as varied as muscle fibers, smoke, roots, landscapes, and even the cosmos.
The Esvelt Gallery would like to thank the ASCBC for its support. These events are brought to you by the CBC Arts & Humanities Division as part of its continuing community enrichment program. Admission is free and open to the public.
Esvelt Gallery is open from 8:00am - 8:30pm, Monday through Thursday and 8:00am - 12:00pm on Friday.
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