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February 2 – March 25, 2017

The University of Richmond Downtown is pleased to present Interplay, featuring the work of Richmond artist and instructor Fiona Ross and alumna Rosie Compton.

The exhibition features two bodies of work by Fiona Ross. Dislocation of a More Complete Pattern draws inspiration from the occurrence of pattern dislocations, or imperfections, that spontaneously arise and evolve in nature. These imperfect patterns, visible everywhere from fingerprints to crystalline structures, emerge and evolve spontaneously, causing significant and exciting changes in patterns. Each sheer layer of paint and ink is applied by eyedropper, brush, and pen, on a variety of papers and surfaces, including translucent Yupo and watercolor papers and claybord.

The other body of work, Staves, features sumi ink, graphite, or silverpoint sticks arranged in complex ways. The sticks often barely touch, and almost float, as if they were still flying apart or falling into place. Each stick also has at least one opening, or eye. The eye spot references the eye spots on animal coats and insect wings and also the apotropaic eyes found in amulets – both are meant to turn away harm.  

The hallway showcases a series of recent works by Rosie Compton. Her art is driven by a constant ebb and flow of destruction and construction and a desire to explore what lies beneath the surface. She uses collage to create layered images in order to reveal depth and continuity. Each layer becomes an individual moment. If we look through the space between moments, we see time and a world in constant motion. As individual images repeat themselves and patterns emerge, such quintessential chaos dissolves into harmonious structure –a lattice at the center of it all. 

Fiona Ross has taught sculpture, ceramics, and drawing at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University and is represented by the Page Bond Gallery in Richmond. Her works are in the collections of Capital One, Wells Fargo, Markel Corporation, and the Republic of Ireland, as well as many private collections. 

Rosie Compton graduated from the University of Richmond in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in leadership studies. She is a studio assistant for UR professor of art Tanja Softic and recently interned at Candela Books + Gallery in Richmond.

Header image: Fiona Ross, Dislocation of a More Complete Pattern 48C (detail), 2017, acrylic ink and resin on claybord

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