Large-scale drawings on display at Fairbanks

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Samantha Wall, Stranger, 34” x 55”, graphite and sumi ink on paper, 2012

Only Part of the Story, an exhibit of large-scale drawings by Samantha Wall, opens Feb. 10 in Fairbanks Gallery. There will be a reception for the artist, free and open to the public at 4:30, Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Only Part of the Story is a series of drawings of women exploring the identity woven from the artist’s own emotion and those of her models. “The women in my photographs are the catalyst for my drawings,’ says Wall. ‘An exchange of emotions and ideas between the model and myself shapes the outcome of each photo shoot, producing unpredictable and idiosyncratic results. I then comb through hundreds of digital photographs, searching for one that captures more than a portrait. I am searching for an interior and private space; an in-between moment arrested by chance that captures the figure between expression and release. That image becomes the kernel of a drawing, and with graphite, charcoal or ink I amplify and enhance its distinctive quality.”

Samantha Wall is an artist based in Portland. She immigrated to the United States from Seoul, South Korea at the age of four. In 2011, Wall received her MFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. That same year, she was awarded the Joan Mitchell MFA Award and was selected to be included in the First Look III exhibition at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. Drawing from her experience as a person of mixed ethnicity, Wall uses her work to examine the psychological spaces where the individual meets the group.

The gallery is free and open to the public. Fairbanks Gallery is open Monday–Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a reception for the artist at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19. The exhibit concludes on March 11. The public is invited to the event.


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