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Rock/Paper/Scissors - Artist Opening Reception

NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 30

Artists Opening Reception: Friday, November 30. 5-8pm.
Free and open to the public. 

ROCK/PAPER/SCISSORS

Gallery exhibit Rock/Paper/Scissors combines Universal Forest, a micro/macro environment by Juliet Karelsen complemented by the layered papercuttings of Dylan Metrano. 
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Universal Forest / Juliet Karelsen / Artist Statement:

In all its various forms and configurations, my work cross references painting, stitching, tapestry, rug making, embroidery, abstract art, fantasy, landscape, textile, miniature worlds, and even science - from botany to mycology to planetary and solar - touching on the micro and macro scales. Are we looking out into the vast universe? Down at an exotic petri dish or at the lichens and moss on the forest ground? Although not overtly political, sadly, nature has become a political issue. 

In a world where daily interaction with plants and trees and moss and lichen (etc!) is increasingly rare, even disappearing, my work points to the importance of taking the time to slow down, notice and protect the jewels of the forest, the world and the universe. As Denise Levertov says in her poem “Sojourns in the Parallel World”: We live our lives […in] / A world / parallel to our own though overlapping. / We call it ‘Nature’; only reluctantly / admitting ourselves to be ‘Nature’ too.

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Papercuttings / Dylan Metrano / Artist Statement:

This series of layered papercuttings show the subject range I like to work with: portraits, animals, and scenes from the unique landscape of my home, Monhegan Island. The works created for Rock/Paper/Scissors push beyond the sum of my body of work and into the strange and unexpected. Inspired by whimsy and abstraction, I allowed those elements to sneak into this new body of work. 

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For artist bios, visit the Gallery exhibit page for Rock/Paper/Scissors.