McDaniel College's Department of Art and Art History presents “Ornate Organics,” a mixed media display of 2-D and 3-D works by Amy Boone-McCreesh through March 22 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall.
Taking inspiration from celebratory and funerary displays in various cultures, the artist aims to explore decoration and human relationships. “Currently, my work is a tribute to craft and the long human tradition of making. I am interested in exploring the cultural lines between functional items and decoration 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 my 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. It is my interest to evoke imagery of rituals, tradition, and ceremony while maintaining a contemporary aesthetic.”
Amy Boone-McCreesh was raised in south-central Pennsylvania and earned her BFA from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Studio Arts. In 2008 she moved to Baltimore to attend Towson University for an MFA in Studio Arts. She currently lives and works in Baltimore and teaches art to both young children and adults in the Greater Baltimore Area. In addition to teaching, Amy has independently pursued curating, as well as showing her own work both locally and nationwide. Presently, her interests lie in decoration and embellishments that occur in tribal and foreign cultures. Two and three-dimensional works, as well as installation, act as the vehicles to explore these ideas in a contemporary context.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about the artist, please visit amyboonemccreesh.com/. For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.
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