FLOURISH
Exhibition: April 2 - June 28
Reception: April 6, 5-8 pm

Chase Gallery, 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane WA 99201

‘Flourish' is a group show of work by Melinda Hurst Frye, Tara McDermott, and Meggan Joy; three female photographers from Seattle, Washington, whose work revolves around the narrative of the natural world.

As each photographer's approach to the subject matter varies, so does the resulting work. Tara McDermott's images are refined portraits of nature; the photographs are made with a vintage film-based Hasselblad medium-format camera which she uses to isolate simple details found in her environment. Melinda Hurst Frye combines scans and photographs to build scenes of our immediate spaces, inhabitants, and cycles, constructing larger than life insight to the ecosystems around us. Meggan Joy takes the traditional documentary medium of photography and forces it instead to depict her surreal subjects, digitally collaging individual photographs of various flora and fauna together to create her unfamiliar world.

Each artist uses their surrounding environment as a visual language, swirling together narrative, study, and tension. While the methods and intentions vary, the three bodies of work share a common thread between medium and subject matter that keeps their imagery cohesive and fundamentally related. ‘Flourish' provides an opportunity to plainly view the comradery and contrast between these different creators, their work, and unique visions, as well as challenge the viewer to contemplate the significance of their various approaches to the natural world.

INTERSECTIONS: Natural, Intuitive, Intentional
Reception: Thursday, January 18, 7-8:30 PM
Artist Talk: Friday, February 16, 6:30-8 PM

Blakely Hall, 2550 NE Park Dr, Issaquah
425.507.1107

Nature is the point of departure and the destination for the artists in INTERSECTIONS. These artists use the medium of encaustic to embody the interrelationship between subject and matter. Stephanie Hargrave applies hundreds of layers of wax to reveal the soft luminosity within botanical micro views that evoke a sensuous awareness of the natural world. Kim Kopp explores the choreography of process, through walking as ritual, mindful reminders of the human imprint within the landscape. Siting landscape as a metaphor for the body, Deborah Kapoor scars or reshapes the terrain, at times cutting away within the form to highlight the reciprocal relationship between destruction and renewal. Tara McDermott illuminates the surface with glimpses of flora that glow like windows of light within the pictorial frame.

These intersections of beauty and vulnerability reaffirm the temporality that make us human.