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Artists’ Reception on Wednesday, February 27, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Lecture by artist Mariah Reading to start at 7:00 pm.
The artwork of both Katelynn Mai-Fusco and Mariah Reading focuses on their relationship within the natural environment. Reading places her paintings within nature to create a larger statement and Mai-Fusco recreates her experience of the Poudre river in the gallery for others to experience.
Katelynn Mai-Fusco's installation Amity creates a cave-like space where viewers experience feelings of wonder and tranquility. The installation is inspired by the sound, light, and color of the Poudre River. Gradients of cool blue to light purple to peach light multiple flowing panels of delicate paper, cut to distinct wave patterns. Sheets of silk chiffon soften the atmosphere. A quiet ambient sound of water drips and trickles in the background. She has created an otherworldly space that awakens the senses.
Mariah Reading’s artwork contemplates her relationship with art and the amount of waste creating can produce. Classically trained as a landscape painter, she pivoted to eco-art when the parallel between landscapes and feeding landfills became overwhelmingly apparent. She has developed a zero-waste practice that involves creating canvases from debris found during her travels through National Parks and protected landscape environments. The physical pieces of trash are painted on one side only and intentional left untouched on the reverse, so the original piece of debris remains evident. Once completed, she photographs the painted object aligned with the physical landscape to both obscure and highlight the discarded object.