Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Traveling Creatures: A Painting Exhibition by Tara Zalewsky-Nease

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Traveling Creatures: A Painting Exhibition by Tara Zalewsky-Nease
January 7 –February 28, 2011, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm

Traveling Creatures is a series of oil paintings based on the experiences of traveling and being a stranger in a place. The paintings feature the apparition of a strange mitt like creature posing in front of an exotic background. These creatures are based on textile sculptures that the artist created by embroidering oven mitts into fish-like puppets. The puppets were then Photoshopped into snapshots from the artist’s travels to Venice and Paris. The creatures were added to the paintings in response to the artist’s question of “can anything new really be done in a place where so much art has been done there before?”

Tara Zalewsky-Nease received her Masters of Fine Art in Painting from the University of New Mexico (2006) and her Bachelors of Fine Art in Graphic Design and Illustration from Kent State University, OH (2003). She currently teaches fine arts classes at the University of Pittsburgh, and has taught at Washington and Jefferson College, and La Roche College.

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