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pull, stretch, hold, tight

Monday, November 4, 2013
Kristen Martincic & Althea Murphy-Price

 

pull, stretch, hold, tight

Kristen Martincic & Althea Murphy-Price

Wellesley, MA - November 2013 The Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College is please to present Printmakers, Kristen Martincic and Althea Murphy-Price. In pull, stretch, hold, tight,  Kristen Martincic and Althea Murphy-Price explore conformity and self-perception by isolating elements of the body.

Murphy-Price’s bound and tangled representations of Murphy-Price’s bound and tangled representations of hair address issues of tension, discomfort and surrender shaped by culture. Martincic’s paper bathing suits make us reconsider how our bodies are perceived while bringing to light vulnerability and exposure.


Both have an art practice that is based on a love of making. They share a deep appreciation for material while embracing alternative printmaking approaches, including construction and collage methods. Their deliberate design sensibility makes use of line to convey the tactile and sensitive. Martincic’s use of a fine, drawn line references fabric textures and abstracted body hair, playing between a bathing suit and an underdress, skin and clothing. Murphy-Price preserves the line of individual strands of hair to create arrangements that are gestural and structured, elegant and chaotic.


The work in pull, stretch, hold, tight asks us to reexamine our relationship to the body. This outward reflection of internal identity is at times tenuous and yielding.