Lark & Key Gallery
Jun. 1, 2018 - Jul. 28, 2018
Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique presents ‘Wandering Landscape’, on view June 1st through July 28th.
‘Wandering Landscape’ features new paintings by Mary Alayne Thomas, as she chronicles “dreamy recollections” from recent travels. Her colorful, multi-layered watercolor and encaustic paintings will be accompanied by guest ceramic artist, Kelly Lynn Daniels.
Originally from Sante Fe, NM Mary Alyane Thomas currently lives in Portland, OR. These beautiful surroundings have always fueled her imagination. Fascinated with fairy tales, Mary creates her own modern day versions, capturing magical moments that we all experience, both real and imagined. After traveling Mary finds herself lost in dreamy recollections of the things she has seen. Her new paintings are illustrated reflections of these daydreams – not traditional landscapes, but “inner-scapes” tracking her thoughts and feelings. By using a combination of portraiture and symbolism Mary captures the impact her travels had on her, while also exploring ecology and humankind’s relationship with the natural world. She hopes that viewers will be transported not necessarily to a specific place, but will wander with her through an inner landscape.
Mary’s process begins with pencil sketches that evolve into watercolor paintings. These are then coated with a complex layering of encaustic, and sometimes original silkscreen images. The transparent waxy surfaces add a sense of atmosphere and mystery to her already ephemeral paintings. In ‘She Held the Glacier to Her Heart’, Mary was inspired by her visit to a glacial lagoon in Iceland, a fairly remote area populated by Arctic fox and lupine. Watching icebergs break free from the glacier and float out to sea, she was “struck by their dazzling blue”. Mary felt as if each block of ice had its own personality, like people or animals and couldn’t stop herself before reaching down to lift an iceberg into her arms, cradling it before sending it back on its way.
Featured ceramic artist Kelly Lynn Daniels explores the nature of intimacy by layering memories of the past with the present. Inspired by architectural elements, flora and fauna. Her work investigates relationships and the passage of time through the layered use of imagery, pattern and texture with the intent to create a desire for one to pause and linger on each piece, taking time to discover the subtle nuances that play upon the surface and interact with the form.
Using both hand building and wheel throwing techniques, Kelly uses personal imagery to adorn her surfaces, including patterns, flowers, birds, and insects. Depth in the surface is achieved by layering masks and stencils, as well as the application of liquid clay slips. Additional texture is created through fine line work that is carved into the surface then inlaid and stained with contrasting color.
A native of California, Kelly received a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has received a number of scholarships, fellowships and assistantships for her studies which have included those at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Most recently she was a Red Star Foundation Artist in Residence at Belger Crane Yard Studios in Kansas City, MO.