Allison Gallery features work of Charlesey Charlton

Posted on 03 October 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

“View from Thornburg Farm” is one of the prints in the “Diaphonous Landscapes” exhibition of the work of Charlesey Charlton now on display in the Allison Gallery.

“Diaphonous Landscapes,” an exhibition by Charlesey Charlton is on display now at the Allison Gallery on the Tusculum College campus.

The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 30 in the gallery, located in the Rankin House (beside Three Blind Mice on the Erwin Highway). Hours for the gallery are noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Charlton is an adjunct instructor at Tusculum, who holds a master’s of fine arts from East Tennessee State University. She also teaches at Northeast State Technical Community College and Walters State Community College.

In her artist statement about the exhibit, Charlton tells how her childhood growing up in the Appalachian Mountains has influenced her in art. “My art is an interpretation of memories and life experiences,” she said. “The connection to the land and consumption of natural resources are the cornerstones of my imagery.”

Working primarily with printmaking techniques, Charlton also does mixed media drawings. She starts with an idea and begins layering her composition onto the surface, whether it be canvas, paper or plate. She uses mostly natural materials, such as native plants, which she collages onto the surface of the piece. After she achieves the desirable surface texture in a print, she sometimes draws back into the image using coffee, ink wash, color pencil or gouache. “By layering the materials I am attempting to undo the act of consumption,” she said.

The next exhibition planned for the gallery is a “book arts” show featuring work by Tusculum faculty and alumni.

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