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"Mattie Iverson Relives Trek Through East Africa in Soft Focus"
2006-08-02 until 2006-09-03
USA United States of America
Mattie Iverson's "Soft Focus" collection comes to Seattle's VIVEZA Gallery, 2604 Western Ave., Aug. 2 through Sept. 3. The opening reception is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. Iverson, of Seattle, will be available for interviews during that time. Iverson, a debuting VIVEZA artist, presents textural memoirs of vast, sublime landscapes through the filter of her mind‚s eye. Her current work evolved from photographs of her travels to East Africa, specifically Kenya and Tanzania. "I was obsessed with the feel of the skies, the bands of lines making up the horizon, and the trees that connected the two," Iverson comments.
Using only her palette knife, Iverson scrapes her oils into the crevices of the rough, wooden surface of her panel medium - closing the distance to her memories, as if to capture them in something tangible before they slip completely out of focus.
Synthesizing her experience in photography and oil painting, Iverson creates works that reference the expressive power of the lens while indulging the rich texture of layers of sculpted oils.
"Sometimes there are things that can only be seen or felt through a soft focus," she said. "Feeling a sense of greatness, and of a peaceful balance, I capture the essence of those experiences in these textural memoirs."
Iverson portrays a world, slightly out of focus, between experience and memory, that is given harmony by the raised, vertical ridges of paint that unite each overwhelmingly vast landscape. Iverson's art suggests the peace that can be found in the intersection of land and sky.
Iverson recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts with a bachelor of fine arts degree.
Plains No. 2
oil paint on board
36in x 24in
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