PORTSMOUTH – New Hampshire Art Association artist Ree Hall Katrak will be displaying her latest work in an exhibit titled, “Ree Katrak: New Work” at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery during the month of May.
Katrak of Durham has been a professional artist since 1987 showing at various venues throughout the Northeast and Washington State.
Her art education has included classical traditions (Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris, France, and the Rhode Island School of Design) plus individual study with various artists who inspire her.
She began using watercolors, then moved toward print making, and most recently she is working in acrylics and mixed media. The themes are always abstract in nature with lots of color and gestural marks.
“Currently, I follow my own lead,” said Katrak. “This exhibit might also be called ‘What I Have to Say’.”
In this exhibit Katrak included pieces that bring mark making into the foreground of the picture plane.
“My primary interest in these pieces is the notion of asemic writing,” she said. “An example of ‘asemic writing’ can be found in the texts that toddlers write before they can form words or even letters. Asemic writing is an expressive form of writing that can only be interpreted by the viewer with the tools of instinct, empathy, intuition, and emotion.”
Katrak will be addressing this topic during a gallery talk on Saturday, May 11, at 5 p.m.
“Facing a blank piece of paper, an empty stage, an idle instrument, or an unplanted garden, we welcome the open space of not knowing,” she explains. “Out of that space, inspiration arises and we take the leap, make the mark, and begin to create. I look forward to engaging in lively dialogs with exhibit visitors.”
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Ree Katrak: New Work
Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, South Gallery
136 State Street, Portsmouth NH
When: May 1 through June 2
Opening reception: Friday, May 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Gallery talk by the artist, “Process of Creating”: Saturday, May 11, at 5 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.
“Hieroglyphics”, mixed media by Ree Katrak
“Small Work Black Marks”, mixed media by Ree Katrak