Community Gallery

The Community Gallery is located in the reception area of the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Emory Street entrance, 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA.  The Attleboro Arts Museum is pleased to offer this prominent gallery space as a solo exhibition opportunity for both our promising and professional artist members. 

To learn more about exhibition opportunities in the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Community Gallery contact office@attleboroartsmuseum.org or 508-222-2644 x15.

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September Artist of the Month

Sophia Yee 

Across the Lonely Hours, Part I 

September 5th – 29th, 2017

 

 

Artist Statement
Nature is the source of my artwork.  I appeal to the natural world for its beauty and inspiration.  That is, nature somehow provides a visual framework around which I build a reflection of something internal, a mood, a state of mind, a philosophical disposition and so on.  The subjects of my work, flowers and landscapes, are simply subjects from which to depart and delve into the more psychological aspects of memory.  In this way, my work is not merely a visual record of things, but a memoir in paint of experience, an aesthetic and emotional response.

In this group of artwork, Across the Lonely Hours, Part I, I express memories of my childhood and young adult life both in China and here in America. I am trying to capture how memories travel through time and space and how they inform my vision of life and influence and inspire me as an artist.

I’ve taken further steps in terms of technique and color usage in relation to my previous work.  My earlier work made imagery more important; my recent work, however, is more lively and more expressive in brushwork, color and surface materials.  In this group of my work I use x-ray film as a painting surface, which gives me a different way of using paint, brushwork and color.  The images, though referring to nature, are a way to express my thoughts, an inner vision and an emotional response that is explained in the language of painting. 

 

Biography
Sophia Yee was born in China and spent most of her childhood in the city of Hangzhou; a charming and culturally rich town on China’s east coast.  There she learned to draw from her grandfather who introduced her to traditional Chinese brush painting and influenced her to write poetry at a very young age. 

In the 70’s, during the Cultural Revolution in China, her dream of becoming an artist was completely shattered as any sense of the freedom of expression was sharply curtailed during this period.  In late 70’s she left China and in 1981 she immigrated to America and decided to pursue art once again. 

In America, she encountered Surrealism and Expressionism but in the end her painting; while informed by these traditions, is individualistic and personal.  Her work both in painting and in poetry is about feelings made aesthetic by intention.  The subject matter in her painting; whether landscape or still-life, provides both a focus for contemplation of a life that has encountered the most abrupt and unexpected of changes and a point of departure for an excursion into the psychological aspects of memory. Writing poetry is another way she expresses herself and to compensate for something that sometimes she can’t achieve from her visual art. 

 

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Images:

  • Memory #5 
  • Last Seen 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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