IN THE MAIN GALLERY
Judith Brassard Brown: From the Ground Up
April 29 - May 31, 2015
First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 2015, 5:00–8:00 pm
Mixed media (oil, collage, cold wax) on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, 2014
Mixed media on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2015
Living in the Red
Mixed media on board, 10 x 10 inches, 2015
Landscapes are a recurrent theme in Brown's work. She moves from the sun-drenched pastoral countryside to more subjective terrain where images reference natural phenomena or man-made disasters. Brown achieves fine, complex textures by adding collage elements to the paint, mostly small pieces of paper taken from old letters, documents, receipts, and other sources. In some instances, she applies a spray of torn papers and then removes some of them later, revealing previous layers of paint. In others, collage elements operate as shrapnel or punctuate explosions seen closeup or at a far distance, flying from fissures in the earth's crust.
Brown considers the act of viewing as an opportunity to heal. She quotes the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson to get at her meaning: "photography is an immediate action, and drawing is a meditation." While her paintings may appear traditional at first glance, they do not depict one specific location. Rather, the landscapes are shaped as sense-memories that provide links to universal connections across boundaries of time or captured moments.