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August 25, 2019
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until August 31, 2019
Mariella Bisson’s solo show Setting Shapes presents a collection of her contemporary landscape paintings at Momentum Gallery. Bisson, who defines the sculptural planes of regional wilderness scenes, is a two-time recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant and was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting. Her pieces are crafted by laying oil over collage, yielding a layered texture to suggest the surfaces of stone, tree bark, lichen, and moss.
“We can all find nature within ourselves, and we find ourselves as soon as we get out onto those beautiful hiking trails of Western North Carolina,” Bisson tells Asheville Made. “As my explorations continue, I am challenged by North Carolina’s geology and geometry, sunlight and shapes. I try to bring the poetry of paint to my imagery of rocks, forests, and waterfalls.”
Bisson is a sharp observer of the formal compositions that occur organically in flora and fauna. But her pieces also reflect the joy she feels when community falls into place. “Asheville has it all,” she remarks. “[Outdoor] beauty and a warm, engaged audience for the arts. That is deeply significant for artists … who are making work based in nature and finding something new to express through our materials.”
Momentum Gallery, 24 N Lexington Ave., Asheville. www.momentumgallery.com. 828-505-8550.