Gesture and My World at Rasmussen Art Gallery

By Lainey S. Cronk on December 18, 2007

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Pacific Union College’s Rasmussen Art Gallery presents “Gesture and My World” from November 1 to December 7. The show will exhibit the artwork of Martha Mason, a PUC alumna who is currently teaching at Walla Walla College in Washington.

“Gesture and My Word” will consist predominantly of Mason’s very recent work in acrylic and mixed media painting. Mason works spontaneously and directly, looking for “interrelationships, fast moving energy flow, and breaks in space.” The energy and texture that develop in her paintings lead to what the artist calls “atmosphere charged with feeling.”

One of the things Mason has been working on is a series of “portraits” — works that are about individuals, but not based on actual models. Mason says she is “trying to take [portraiture] away from likeness but find a spot where a quality of personality is found amidst the paint.” Several of these works will be included in the Rasmussen show.