50 VIEWS OF THE PISCATAQUA
JULY 24 - SEPTEMBER 6

Artist Opening Reception: Friday, July 24. 5-8pm.
There will be an artist talk at 6:30pm.
Reception coincides with the opening reception for Abstraction.
Free and open to the public.


Artist Statement:
Using drawing and monotype, I create iconic landscapes of Maine and Massachusetts that explore the connection between memory and storytelling. I’m fascinated by the discrepancy between what we see and how we remember it. By editing, abstracting, printing and reversing my landscapes, I give physical form to the process we perform internally when we convert an experience into a memory. The results are images of places as seen through my mind’s eye, fabricated versions of real scenes.

To create my pieces, I start by drawing from life, outdoors. I reduce my subjects to basic elements of form and color, and disregard extraneous details. I don’t work from photographs because I want to honor my instinctual editing choices – I’m trying to capture my response to a place, rather than the place itself. Afterwards, in a print studio, I create monotypes based on my drawings. Monotype is a form of printmaking that yields just one image. I paint directly on a plexiglass plate and then use a printing press to create a one-off impression. As a result, I lose the painting that I spent hours working on, but I gain a new work on paper, mimicking the way we turn fleeting scenes into lasting memories. The final product is a mirror image of the original – a metaphor for the fictionalization and abstraction that occurs in our minds.

My recent series of the Piscataqua River is inspired by traditional Japanese landscape prints – for instance, Hiroshige’s “100 Famous Views of Edo” or Hokusai’s “36 Views of Mount Fuji.” I’m influenced by the popular, illustrative quality of these prints, as well as by their vertical format, their graphic colors and their use of foreground, middle-ground and background elements. I chose to work serially because I wanted to tell a single, unfolding story, representative of the ongoing narratives we weave about ourselves and where we come from.

Rachel Burgess Bio:
Using drawing and monotype, Rachel Burgess creates iconic landscapes of Maine and Massachusetts that explore the connection between memory and storytelling. Select exhibition venues include solo/two-person exhibitions at Susan Eley Fine Art (NY), Jonathan Frost Gallery (ME) and the University of Connecticut (CT), as well as group exhibitions at the International Print Center of New York (NY), the Seoul Museum of Art (Korea), the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (NY), the Monmouth Museum (NJ), the Katzen Art Center/American University Museum (Washington, D.C.) and the Pyramida Center for Contemporary Art (Israel). Burgess has also been awarded residencies at Zea Mays Printmaking in North Adams, MA and at the Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park, ME. She received a B.A. from Yale University in 2004 and an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in 2007. Born in Boston, MA, she currently lives and works in New York City.

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50 Views of the Piscataqua will be on exhibit in the Gallery sharing the space with Abstraction.

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