An exhibition of works by internationally acclaimed artist Corinna Button
a premier stop included in the Fall Into Art event.
Show runs through Sunday, November 2, 2014
Originally from the UK, time currently spent in Chicago has enabled Corinna to expand her work from printmaking to painting – often combining elements of both in one piece. Very recently, thanks to the Hyde Park Art Center program in Chicago, she has expanded still further, working in clay, allowing explorations that bring new depths to her work. Corinna is inspired by the manipulated “idol” images found in fashion magazines, developing a series of heads and figures combining the old—noble women and ancient icons displayed in museums—with the new. The artist aims to create archetypal figures whose identity is partly exposed and partly hidden. Everything about the way she works (both technique and subject) is motivated by the desire to reveal or “bring something to light”. This process of overlapping and stripping back layers is important because it also impregnates surfaces of the work with residues of color and texture that create a sense of history – and mystery.
It is Corinna’s fascination with people – the masquerades, performances and dramas seen in daily life that provide her with a continual source of inspiration and in particular, it is the ambiguity between the private and the public persona that she enjoys exploring. Sometimes words as well as images can have great resonance and relevance. Poetry has been instrumental in the development of this new body of work.
“Our masks, always in peril of smearing or cracking, in need of continuous check in the mirror or silverware, keep us in thrall to ourselves, concerned with our surfaces.”
Carolyn Kizer (from Pro – Femina, Knock upon Silence).
“There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet”
T. S. Eliot (from The Love Song ofJ Alfred Prufrock)
After completing a BA Honors degree in painting, Corinna pursued a printmaking postgraduate degree in the UK. It was during this time that she was impacted by the German Expressionists whose works, particularly in printmaking, left an indelible impression.
All are invited and welcome to attend this exhibition, and to participate in the expanding art scene in the Millwork District. There is no charge and refreshments will be served.
Gallery C, Carolyn M, is located in the Schmid Innovation Center at 900 Jackson Street in Dubuque, IA. Main entrance doors are on Jackson St near 10th Ave. Be a part of the gallery’s evolving exhibitions that create dialog, engage the community, and enrich the experience of the arts in Dubuque.