Currently at the library is an exhibit by artist, Andrea Fuhrman of Abilene. Stop by the Jordan Room located on the second floor to view her work.
Andrea Fuhrman: This I Believe
Andrea says “The works in this exhibit are the result of using a tool called a brayer, acrylic paint, collage and drawing. Rolling, pressing, and layering the paint with a brayer, creating elliptical shaped forms on paper. (I am not a representational artist: I once had taken a drawing class where a teacher accused me of drawing fingers like they were sink faucets.) I am not interested in making something look like the real thing in the world. My solution has been to simply draw or paint a roundish circle. That way I can focus on exploring process rather than replication of a thing. Rounded forms remind me of pods, which then relates to seeds, growth, possibility. So the curved shapes made by a brayer have additional painted forms overlapping the first ovals. They intersect and touch each other. Some layered forms appear like woven paint or textiles, with color vibrations. Each brayer application of a form requires a cleaning of the brayer in between each color. The process is slow as I consider what color might work with the color that is already present. I must wait till the first “pods” dry. Sometimes the brayer smears the paint if I don’t wait. Later I apply another color as remedy. A process can be magical or frustrating. An innovative sound artist John Cage had written “there is a time for making the work, and another time for evaluating it.”
I work in a small format, usually. As a child I had spent much time viewing my father’s collection of slide specimens through his microscope. The intimate scale invites others to peer closely at the color variations, perhaps like I’ve peered through the microscope. I’ve titled the works based on what images suggest. Terms relating to the past, whether it is a fairy tale, a childhood game, suggests there is strata in the earth, and the strata reminds me of the layers of my relatives, the archeology of them now artifact. Each investigation of art making is yet another approach of feeling my way, finding out what fails, and what creates a kind of inner hum when the process feels right. This I believe.”