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CenterStage presents “Reversible Floating Spaces”

Posted 09/02/16

"Subsequent Antecedents" by Marina ThompsonThe richly layered, abstract and colorful work of artist Marina Thompson will be on display at the Hammond Hall Art Gallery at Fitchburg State University through October 26, part of the University’s CenterStage arts and culture series.

Thompson will discuss her work at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the gallery, located in Hammond Hall at 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. Admission is free.

Thompson’s paintings explore a richly layered, abstracted, and introspective experience of her encounters and conversations with people, with herself, and with the world. This colorful and graphic work merges printmaking with oil paint, gouache, flashe, and the ancient art of encaustic.

After years of working in the field of illustration, illuminating words with images, Thompson is now imaging patterns of communication and human interaction. Her paintings record an abstracted, layered and introspective experience of her encounters and conversations with people, with herself, and with the world.

“Good communication requires kinetic creativity: many layers of light, color, texture, balance, nuance, and surprise,” the artist says. “Pattern and repetition, rhythm and interruption are a big part of what make up our lives. Geometry helps us make sense of the world.”

The pulse of color and the play of light and texture are constant sources of stimulation for her. Color creates light, light creates form. Thompson’s paintings explore depth, energy and movement with illusions of volume, space, light and time.

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