Grand Terrace’s Margaret Goodward will be the featured artist from July 16 to August 16. 5 at the Redlands Art Association Gallery.
His exhibition will feature paper-cut bas-relief works, made by accumulating many layers of brightly colored scalpel-cut papers and complemented with a variety of shiny embellishments, according to a press release.
The exhibition includes a recent set of four pieces, “Earth”, “Air”, “Fire” and “Water”, in which each of these elements is accompanied by an associated animal. Another piece, “The Underlying Basis of Life”, is a paper-cut polyhedron of vinous shapes built on another compound of basic chemicals.
Goodward’s exhibition will also include a new series of 8 x 8 inch works mounted on a barrel panel.
The community is invited to meet Goodward at an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. July 16 at the gallery, 215 E. State St.
Goodward began making paper crafts, such as fans, kites and puppets, when she was a child, according to her artist’s biography. She remembers an art teacher she had in third grade who asked children to break their new crayons so they wouldn’t be inhibited in their drawing by worrying about breaking the crayons. The same teacher also asked the students to find out how many different lines of paint they could make with a brush and a stick.
In college art classes, she introduced me to ceramics, figure drawing, metalworking, and printmaking, especially collagraphy – printing from a plate of glued materials. In the print shop, she was also introduced to printmaking, monoprinting, hand papermaking, and casting paper.
Art took precedence over work and children until an accident left her battling the resulting fears of driving on the highway, according to her artist’s biography. The result was “The Accident Series” of drawing-collages and a series of cut-out paper and gel pen mandalas.
She later found favorable reviews at The Gathering, sponsored by the Riverside Art Museum and later by the Riverside Community Arts Association.
She eventually abandoned the other mediums she had used on paper, and the paper itself became her medium.
The Redlands Art Association Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. For more information, visit redlands-art.org or call the gallery at 909-792-8435.