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Mapping the Air

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AUGUSTA - The Kennebec Valley Art Association is pleased to present Mapping the Air, a collaborative installation by artists Donna Parkinson of Freeport and Sarah Vosmus of Bowdoin, at the lobby gallery at 45 Memorial Circle in Augusta. On view from Nov. 26 through Jan. 25, 2013, the installation is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, can be viewed from outside the building and is lit at night. The installation brings together the work of two emerging printmakers whose art, each in its own way, synthesizes intuitive, quick decision-making ideals with organic forms and an environmentally perceptive aesthetic.

Donna Parkinson's prints are comprised of soft, colorful, natural forms inspired by an affinity for the outdoors and gardening. She often experiments with textured papers and incorporates collected plant material into her monotype printing process.

Sarah Vosmus's collages, prints and three-dimensional constructions are unique expressions of an interest and exploration of the boundaries between the natural world and work of the hand. Her prints are adaptable, fluid and familiar; bold tangled patterns repeat to create a forward-looking aesthetic that is both abstract and geographically oriented.

Both artists regularly exhibit and share studio space at Circling the Square Fine Art Press in Gardiner, Maine.

The collaboration Mapping the Air was created in a storm of quick intuitive decisions, piles of printed papers and a unique bond of understanding. In homage to the spirit of the Dymaxion map/globe created by Buckminster Fuller, the artists created two and three-dimensional prints with awareness to size, scale and distortion. Mapping the Air explores the artist's ingrained memory and observations of the natural world, while capturing their reflections. Donna Parkinson's artistic energy is grounded; she tells a story of our cartographic earth. The prints of Sarah Vosmus are comprised of energy and movement, space and air. This installation is what happens when the two forces collide.

This installation was created in conjunction with the Harlow Gallery's first exhibition of 2013, Ingrained, featuring works by five printmakers, which will be on view at the Harlow from Jan. 18 through Feb. 9, 2013.

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