The University of Maine Museum of Art showcases a collection of multidimensional works by contemporary artists focused on realism
The artists included in So Real are a combination of painters, woodcarvers, and embroiderers, all of whom precisely capture the minute details of their subjects. Artist Richard Haden’s wood sculptures are inspired by discarded items and refuse he finds on streets. His carving, Colonizing Corrugation, is easily mistaken for a piece of ripped and stained cardboard, but a closer look reveals an artwork carved from fine mahogany and meticulously painted.
Artist Cayce Zavaglia creates realist imagery through embroidery. Colorful stitching creates a strikingly detailed portrait of a young model in Raphaela II. In order to create such elaborate portraits, Zavaglia developed a sewing technique that resembles the techniques found in classical painting, allowing her to blend colors and establish tonalities in her stitching. Joining Zavaglia in embroidery is artist Frances Trombly, who replicates a grocery receipt and a parking ticket with intricate stitching.
So Real: Selections from the Museum Collection opened in September and will be available for viewing until December 29th at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor. Admission to the museum is free through 2018 and 2019 thanks to the generosity of the University of Maine Museum of Art’s community partner, Deighan Wealth Advisors. The museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Maine Home+Design provides a preview of the exhibition on the following pages.