Decipher: Mary Anne Hensley and Laura Duprey
October 21st – November 21st, 2015
Decipher is a series of drawings with the joy of intuitive mark making at its heart. I worked to open and expand a meditative space for spontaneous drawings and the development of relationships among them.
Targeting everyday items in my backyard and studio, I began a collection of graphite rubbings on mulberry paper. Responding to this structural imagery is an animation of surface by expressive, improvisational marks in grayscale inks. The longer scrolls continue this exploration of line and shape in a meditative vein, referencing birds, wildflowers and natural forms. In my work, beeswax becomes a net capturing fragile imagery. It brings translucency, durability, and connection between the ancient and the present.
Whether the universal imagery of a petroglyph or complex history codified in brushstrokes, whether a love letter, musical score or an expressionist painting, I experience the immediacy of its power and presence. I invite these sources into my art.
Mary Anne Hensley
Art making, for me, is directed by several points of emphasis. These are making connections, recalling who I am intrinsically, and allowing for questions to arise.
My work is process oriented and intuitively driven, regardless of the medium. This opens up an unexpected conversation to which I respond, connecting the dots between what is and what might be, enlivening my work in a slow process of integrating parts into a whole while listening to the whispers of the work.
The paintings, oil glazes on plastered board, grow in layers. Working back into the preceding layer by erasure, I build the work in fragments. Spaces are explored, left to themselves for a time, and then revisited to a final expression. There are no positions taken in my work. There is just the painting.
Laura Ralls Duprey
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 5-7 pm