What: The Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College presents Microclimates: Mixed Media Artwork
Who: Alison Williams, New Hampshire artist and 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award Winner
When: Exhibit: September 9-October 29, 2010
Hours: Monday – Thursday; 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 9, 5:00-7:00 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, September 23, 1:00-1:30 pm
Where: Babson College, Hollister Gallery, Wellesley, Mass.
Info: Contact Artist-in-Residence Danielle Krcmar, 781-239-5888
Alison Williams grew up in New Zealand, attended art school in Scotland, and currently has her studio and garden in New Hampshire.
At Babson, Williams will show paintings, altered photographs, and three of her glass houses. Made with re-used hardware and carefully fit together windows, these intimate art viewing spaces are sculptural artworks themselves. Influenced by her father’s greenhouses and Victorian Wardian Cases, Williams’ glass houses frame spaces where biological processes directly impact creative ones. The garden and its plants in their unwieldy wildness inspire and collaborate in the art-making. Canvases and photographs are buried and allowed to decay in order to later be unearthed and reworked. Paintings are made outside with rain altering the patterns and drying of the paint. Soaked flowers create delicately colored liquid pigments, while leaves, stems, and seeds are both stencils and collage materials layered into highly “unnatural” paint, stickers, and found materials.