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MACC Hosts Internationally Recognized Art Exhibit

The MACC Graphic Arts Fine Arts Gallery is hosting Artist Jill Parisi’s Kaleidoscope Garden from January 12-February 10. Parisi bases out of New York where she is an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at State University of New York at New Paltz. She lives in the Upper Hudson Valley of New York between the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains. Interestingly enough, Parisi has a Mid-Missouri connection. She married a man from Macon and visits the area regularly to see family. She gave a lecture to MACC’s art students about her work following the opening of the exhibit on January 11.

Parisi has this to say about her body of work, “I create imaginary botanical and zoological species. The study of texts and direct observation of flora and fauna serve as a basis for my invented plants and animals. Then through the use of translucent handmade paper, printmaking, and drawing techniques, I fabricate petals, animal skins, and various shapes and forms that bring to mind life forms of the earth, sea, and sky.

The individual elements that comprise my work begin as two dimensional prints and drawings. Employing precise hand cutting, hand coloring and pyrographic techniques, I transform the components sculpturally, or interpret them digitally as designs for translation into glass or other media. The resulting works are introduced into gallery settings; each time that I install each piece, it takes on a slightly different form in response to a new habitat, by turns mimicking paper ecosystems or museum specimens.

Sometimes the pieces that I create are used as components for large installations that react to viewer proximity, fluttering in response to the air currents within an interior space, the outdoors, or the movements of passers by. The effect attests to the universe’s constant state of flux, making the pieces very much alive in their movement and relationship to local environs. This aspect intends both a spontaneous whimsy and to cause the viewer to slow down to observe the details of the work, a brief respite from our fast-paced, screen based lives.”

The GAFA Gallery will present an exhibit entitled Kaleidoscope Garden. It is a new print-based installation. Nearly 30 new forms resulted from the ambitious project that Parisi started the summer of 2010. Drawing on four layers of films, the artist created eight photo-lithographic plates from which the components were printed on tissue weight Asian papers. Each individual component was then cut by hand and assembled into relief sculptures that are pinned into the wall. The sculptures radiate across the wall, working as a group. Yet each form has a unique shape, color, and pattern. The works cast a shadow on the wall and flutter slightly in reaction to the airflow within the space and viewer proximity.

Kaleidoscope Garden celebrates the beauty and geometry of botanical forms, the qualities that handmade papers lend to printing and drawing, and the act of slowing down enough to carefully observe intricate forms, a break from the fast paced lives that most humans increasingly lead. It is also appealing in that it is colorful and the forms are eye-catching for viewers of all backgrounds and ages.

The public is welcome to view this exhibit during regular business hours.

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