Last Friday night, we welcomed the artwork of Dayna Talbot in the Galletly Gallery with an artist reception, open to friends, students, and the public. Students and faculty in attendance enjoyed the interactive exhibit and the opportunity to meet the artist. The exhibit will remain on display through October 6.
Dayna Talbot’s recent work focuses on painting, printmaking, and sculptural installations. The work investigates dualisms between order and chaos and finding beauty in the imperfect or impermanent. She is particularly interested in the methods we employ to overcome the struggle for balance in today’s world. In her practice, she acknowledges the moments of change and engages with the process of transience.
Talbot writes: “My work explores the dichotomy of order and chaos in life and art. Utilizing various formats which evoke both structure and fragility, the primary focus of my work is the process and the joy of working with materials. I use lines, marks, and fibers as a metaphor for the pathways in life; an ever-changing direction. The marks appear chaotic tempered by the pale muted palette. The process of ritual and repetition instills a sense of security and harmony which brings order to the chaos for me as a maker. As a result, the work investigates environment, memories, experiences, and objectives. In creating these relationships of various mediums and formats one becomes aware of the individual variations that heighten our consciousness of the fragility and peerless characteristics that exist within a space. My intent is to engage the viewer with the materials as well as with the visual aesthetics.”
Director of the Galletly Gallery, Amy Wilson, said of Talbot’s work: “Talbot’s work appears fragile while, in reality, its structure is fiercely strong. Her work is emotionally charged. I feel life and loss, exposure and shelter, strength and fragility while experiencing her work.”
Dayna Talbot holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA. Talbot is an active member of the Women’s Caucus for Art, and exhibits extensively in juried regional, national, and international shows.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Galletly Gallery is located on the second floor of New Hampton School’s Moore Center.