By Kate Williams '16
The book has a long history as a rich vessel for stories of the human condition. Amontaine Aurore and Kimisha Turner present their artists’ book “Reverie, and other projects”. They will be joined by book artist, Carletta Carrington Wilson for this riveting exhibition
Seattle based artist Kimisha Turner creates multifaceted work tapping self reflection and empowerment, while blurring the lines between abstraction, surrealism and symbolism. Her work tends to evoke mystery while remaining grounded in societal revelations, aiming to challenge and spark new thought-provoking perspectives.
Amontaine Aurore is a writer, actor, director, and performance artist. She is the author of numerous plays which have been presented on stages in Seattle, New York, and abroad. Amontaine is the recipient of several artist grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture, and the Puffin Foundation. She has twice been a writer-in-residence at the Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat for Women on Whidbey Island. Amontaine was recently nominated for the Emerald Prize, a biennial playwriting award presented by Seattle Public Theater.
Through mixed-media collage, artist books and installations, Carletta Carrington Wilson creates works that have been described as “decorative with a message.” Wilson states that, “the form and formation of language is an integral part of my artistic and literary practice. I construct works that explore the “text” of textiles. These works evolve along a path in which cloth is a visual and literary medium”.
The images included in the show are inspired by specific passages and revelations found in Amontaine Aurora and Kimisha Turner’s work “Reverie and other projects” in combination with Carletta Carrington Wilson’s book arts. In this amazing celebration of a beautiful, strong, tenacious, and inspiring woman who’s led an incredible life, the imagery evoked is clear and striking. Inspired by true events, the visual work aims to honor the trials and nostalgia, while presenting a unique and conceptual interpretation as a companion to the written work.
Race & Personal Narrative runs February 20 through March 20. The exhibition’s opening reception will be held Wednesday, February 20th at 5pm. The University Gallery is free and open to the public Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm and by appointment.