Artist plants seeds of expression in program that blooms with possibilities
April 03. 2014 11:02AM
ARTISITIC VISION: Alison Williams’ evocative pieces are influenced by years of working outdoors in the garden. Her evolving projects include drawings splattered by rain, pigments from boiled flowers, plant matter sandwiched between glass sheets and books made from decayed photographs. Shown above and below are examples of her approach.
The associate dean of graduate studies at the New Hampshire Institute of Art has cultivated an artistic practice influenced by years of working outdoors.
““My garden has become a primary site of inquiry in which I work with a variety of media to explore possibilities,” she said. “Burying photographs, decaying canvases, allowing dirt, water, and plants to create marks on different surfaces, to which I then introduce spray paint, stickers and transfers, forces me to further address the definition of what constitutes an art object.
“The results are drawings splattered by rain, unburied canvases, pigments from boiled flowers, plant matter sandwiched between glass sheets, and books made from decayed photographs.”
Root of an Idea
Hoping the idea takes root in the community, Williams will present a “Draw On!” program, a collaboration between the Durham Public Library and UNH’s Museum of Art, which will host the free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the Durham campus.
The family program is designed to explore the creative process of drawing. Williams will guide participants through exercises using everyday objects to create a large community garden drawing. Visitors will have the opportunity to experiment with assorted drawing techniques and tools.
“The goal is to foster collaboration, creative development, and the capacity to play,” program organizers said. “Hands-on activities demonstrating drawing techniques such as contour, hatching, rendering, contrast and shading will allow participants to create and experiment. “
Reference materials pointing to techniques and tools used for drawing as well as books on contemporary artists who use every day and organic objects in their work will be available for inspiration.
Try Your Hand
For more information, call 862-3712 or visit www.unh.edu/moa. The Museum of Art is located in the Paul Creative Arts Center, 30 Academic Way.