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Mindy Tousley Exhibit

February 14 - March 16
Opening Reception, 6-8pm on Friday, Feb. 14

Tousley - WomensWorkThis series of works represents a process that I have been using for several years now. I make mono prints using acrylic paint on colored drawing paper & cut them apart & reassemble them into collages.

This process is very important to me because it allows me to be intuitive, which is the way I naturally like to work. It forces my attention down to small details & it allows for a certain amount of randomness or chaos, if you will, which stretches my creative problem solving skills & keeps my thinking flexible. Attentiveness, flexibility & creative problem solving can be applied to a philosophy of daily living & by practicing them in my art it helps me to apply them in life.

The subject matter is based loosely on things found in nature (rocks, tree & other plant shapes) as well as man made Tousley - arizona impressionsoddities, like the pattern of tar patches on a road surface or the floor in my studio hallway, without being specific. You can see that the forms are organic or anthropomorphic and as such will remind you of things. This ambiguity is at the heart of what I’m trying to achieve. I would like the work to tickle your memory or subconscious mind but leave you free for interpretation in your own way. So this means that you have to work a little bit harder when looking at my work but hopefully its strength of color and composition is forceful enough to capture your attention and draw you in while the mystery holds your attention and allows you to see something different every time you look.

So Intellectually this work touches on some old aesthetic debates about the overlap of art and life & also the role of the viewer in looking at the work of art & how much control the artist can or should exert over the viewers interpretation of the artists work.

 - Mindy Tousley 2014

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