October 17 - November 14
Barbara Pagh: Intervals
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 17, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, November 5, 7pm
There are several themes that have appeared consistently in my work over the past 20 years that often diverge and intersect at various points. The most dominant theme has been landscape or the natural world including the American Southwest, coastal areas on the eastern seaboard and the Pacific Northwest, the Scottish Highlands and Ireland.
In this new series of prints, “Intervals”, each one-of-a-kind print takes a traditional landscape view with a horizon and combines it with details of the same site in a panorama format. Printmaking allows me to experiment with the multiple in different ways by printing different colors and varying the combinations of images. Using Photoshop to alter the images, I print on various Asian papers from photolithographic plates. The images are then cut and collaged onto a 10”x28” piece of handmade paper in a composition of vertical slices at varying intervals. The landscape images are from Rhode Island, Maine, Oregon, South Carolina and Brittany (France).
The other series of prints and collages are on 12”x12” paper, displayed in a grid format. Many of them are pure collages of handmade papers with no printing, harking back to my minimalist roots. These evoke seascapes, without being literal and are based more on memory. Interspersed are square details of landscape and a close-up image of water printed in a range of blues and grays. These are intended to work individually or in groups.
Barbara Pagh is a printmaker and papermaker who is a Full Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at URI. Pagh’s solo exhibition Passages was on view in the Main Gallery at the University of Rhode Island in 2009. In 1997 she exhibited at Keimyung University in Taegu, South Korea. Recent group exhibitions include Printmaking Now at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery, Fall River, MA; The Art of Printmaking at the Spring Bull Gallery in Newport, RI; At Issue: Prints and Social Commentary at the Beard Gallery, Wheaton College, Norton, MA; and Against Tradition at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN. Her work can be found in corporate and private collections. Pagh is a founding member of the Printmakers’ Network of Southern New England. She has been a member of Hera Gallery in Wakefield, RI since 1985, serves on the Board of Directors and is currently Vice President. Pagh and her husband Jeff Bertwell founded their own printshop, Queen’s River Press, in 1985. Pagh received her MA from New York University and her BA from Mount Holyoke College.