Focusing solely on portraits of the people of Salem and its environs all of the works began as "on location" sketches and each piece was completed on-site. Locations included coffee shops, open-air markets, on the streets, in pubs and gathering places around town.
Rollie’s exhibit will focus solely on portraits of the people of Salem and its environs. All of the works began as “on location” sketches and each piece was completed on-site.. Locations included coffee shops, open-air markets, on the streets, in pubs and gathering places around town.
The presentation of the exhibit tries to capture the flavor of sketching in the field with works displayed on sketch boards.
The object of this body of work began as an exercise in seeing and capturing what I saw on paper. I found early in the process that the role of interpretation began to dominate my work. I found myself being very aware of making decisions about what I wanted to include or exclude and loosening my grip on representation and becoming much more comfortable with interpretation.
The process has evolved. This evolution has influenced my figurative work and landscapes as well as being influenced by them. I hope it continues to evolve.
The 2011-2012 Hamersly Library exhibits theme is IDENTITY. The exhibits featured this year will explore the characteristics that determine who we are. Our individual experiences, the communities we live in, and our culture all play a significant role in establishing our identity.
In winter we are looking at community identity. The people we come in contact with every day influence whom we surround ourselves. Some of those people are in our lives by choice, while others are present but unseen. Two local artists use the populace of Salem to explore what makes a group of people a community.