Opening Reception Friday, March 12, 2010 from 6:30–8:30 PM
Artist Talks at 6 PM
Laureate | Anne Allen
Since completing an artist residency at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts in 1996, Anne Allen’s work has turned from jewelry making towards drawing, where she continues to explore her interest in pattern, handicrafts, design and the decorative arts. Sources include hairnets and netting, machine-made lace and doilies, wallpaper and textile patterns and ancient jewelry forms. Allen is interested in the way commonplace, mass-produced items point to the handmade, art origins in their decorative history, and how the banal comes from what once was beautiful.
Laureate explores through a series of drawings, the form, function and decorative aspects of select coverings and jewelry for the head. The subjects range from hairnets and lace mantillas from today, to the delicate forms found in the gold diadems of Greek and Etruscan antiquity. The exhibition includes large wall drawings executed in gold ink or graphite, along with smaller, life-sized drawings on paper in silverpoint, gouache and gold leaf, with added select collage elements.