ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (Sept. 26) – Dayton artist, Amy Kollar Anderson, will be exhibiting her artwork at the Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery Monday, October 7 through Thursday, October 31. A reception for the artist will be held on Monday, October 7 from 3pm – 5pm. The exhibit, "Wasp in a Wig," will showcase her talents in the discipline of narrative painting.
According to the artist, the title for this series refers to a specific chapter in the Lewis Carroll classic "Alice in Wonderland" and also illustrates her love for the imagery found in fairy tales. The chapter entitled "A Wasp in a Wig" was omitted after the illustrator, John Tenniel, explained he could not see his way to a picture and it also provided an opportunity to condense the story.
That wasp, as well as the other iconic Wonderland characters, symbols and metaphors, became the starting point for curious images that expand on the stories found in Wonderland, yet did not make it into the final manuscript.
In this Kollar Anderson exhibit, Alice is no longer an innocent child, but rather several grown women. In these multiple forms, Alice plays the role of female archetype, bringing with her the attributes imbued by Carroll, but modernized to represent various facets of the contemporary woman. Her form is a tribute to Tenniel, who drew her proportions with a larger head and smaller legs.
In addition, the Cheshire becomes the observer, the scientist, and the only character that truly spoke to Alice and explained how Wonderland works. He educates while battling against superstition and nonsense.
"For this exhibit, I combined elements from both of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice' books with new characters and other personal references, to envision scenarios that explore environmental issues, social structures and identity," said Kollar Anderson. "My goal was to narrate with paint, creating character interactions combined with symbols and metaphors, and then adorned with layers of patterns, bold patterns and glitter."
Kollar Anderson's work has been shown in both individual and group displays throughout the U. S., including exhibits in Baton Rouge, LA; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Hudson, NY; Indianapolis, IN and Los Angeles, CA. The artist's works have been shown internationally as well, with a previous exhibit in Chateau St. Germain, Switzerland to her credit. A complete listing of her exhibition history can be found at www.kollaranderson.com/exhibition/index_list.html.
Kollar Anderson credits her educational background and personal experiences as major influences on her work. She earned a bachelor of fine arts at the Art Institute of Chicago and obtained a master's degree in humanities with a focus in fine art at Wright State University. The artist currently works as the coordinator for the Rosewood Gallery in Dayton.
In addition to painting, the artist is passionate about service, mentoring youth and promoting animal rights in her community. She routinely volunteers at the SICSA Animal Shelter and the Daybreak Youth Shelter in Dayton.
The Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery is located on the second floor of Shannon Hall and is open to the public 11am-5pm Monday through Wednesday and 5pm-8pm on Thursday. Admission is free.
For more information, please contact the Ohio University Eastern Campus at 740-695-1720.