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“Material Drawing Redux: Drawn to Touch” at Fried Family Gallery

ST. JOHNSBURY — The work of Audrey Goldstein, Michelle Samour, Julia Shepley, and Debra Weisberg will be featured in a new exhibit, Material Drawing Redux: Drawn to Touch, at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, through June 11.  

These four artists have been in conversation with one another for over 15 years about their individual drawing practices. Expanding upon the traditional boundaries of drawing and incorporating dimensionality and tactility into their work, they have exhibited several times together as Material Drawing. Catamount Arts will exhibit these artists in the Fried Family Gallery.

The drawing for these four artists begins with the material and its subsequent manipulation: Goldstein’s structural stitching in her found object cocoons; Shepley’s layered lines embedded in cast paper and wood; Samour’s burning of wood in her narrative tablets, and Weisberg’s heavily collaged paper pieces which start with embossed monoprints. Each use their materials in inventive ways to form structure and meaning and in doing so, create constructed drawings. Their handling of material reveals layers of thought and engages the viewer directly and viscerally with the drawing process.

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