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'Half a World Away'
Reception Friday April 29 from 6 to 9:00 pm
Exhibition dates: April 29 - June 19
Alicia Armstrong earned a Bachelor of Fine arts degree with a concentration in oil painting from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and stood out as the winner of the Fine Art department's academic leadership award.
After a decade working in traditional painting and photographic portraiture, she is now concentrating on producing more abstract works, pieces imbued with symbolic imagery...
Armstrong paints primarily on wood panels using graphite, oil, and charcoal; her process produces highly textural works, whose layers convey the beauty and struggle of movement and transition,
Alicia states "My process is about history. I seek to create a sense of age or time lapsed with mark making, sanding and layering. My paintings always start with large color fields. I apply several layers of paint, selectively sanding each layer to merge them like memories and time.
The figures are the last to come in and are significant more in terms of composition than concept. They become a conduit for the many worlds of atmospheric layers of paint."
The narratives portrayed in Armstrong's work are quietly enigmatic. Many convey women pondering choices.
There is a precarious balance of feminine vulnerability and strength in this current body of work.