August 2008: “Abstract Travels II” - Mixed Media by Ann Marie Walsh
An exhibition of mixed media by Massachusetts resident Ann Marie Walsh titled “Abstract Travels II” was on display at the Maser Gallery at FCTV Community Television, 310 Dillingham Avenue, from August 3 through August 28, 2008.
The artwork for “Abstract Travels II” derives from Ms. Walsh’s extensive years of traveling the country and abroad and her decade long residence on the West Coast. Now resettled in her native New England – born in Hyannis – Ms. Walsh devotes time to her artwork and employment at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence.
“My work is mostly mixed media that encompasses a sense of playfulness with color composed in the abstract”, explains Ms. Walsh. She enjoys taking everyday objects, landscapes to either a more simplified or complex “state of viewing that engages the viewer to see more than meets the eye”.
Recently she has been experimenting with colored tissue paper, adhering and overlaying the tissue paper to canvas paper with a clear glue glaze. “The overlaying of the translucent paper gives a fearless approach to the laying down of color”, explains Ms. Walsh. “It allows you to build up the surface slowly and still maintain areas pf fresh color underneath”, she notes.
A Fine Arts Graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Ms. Walsh has exhibited her work at the Narrows Renaissance Gallery in Fall River, the Woods Gerry Gallery (RISD) Providence and the Inkwell Bookstore, Falmouth.