Raymond in Fuller Craft biennial
Brockton, Mass. — Rockland’s Monica Raymond is one of the 36 artists selected for the 2012 Biennial Members Exhibition at Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St. The exhibition was juried by Dina Deitsch, Curator of Contemporary Art at DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.
The Biennial will open Saturday, Sept. 22 and run through Feb. 10. The public is invited to the opening reception Sunday, Sept. 30 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Every Fuller Craft artist member is invited to apply to the biennial exhibition, which is open to all media and themes. This year, 86 artists submitted 178 entries for consideration. The diverse group included students, emerging artists, mid-career and established professional artists. Submissions arrived from across the United States, representing local talent from nearby Boston and Providence, R.I., to those farther afield from Florida, Texas and California.
Raymond cites the work of Kevin Rodel as her biggest inspiration. When she designs a piece of furniture, she begins with a sketch then makes either a full-scale mock-up or a scale model to make adjustments to the dimensions, test out decorative elements and refine the details. From this, she makes detailed drawings from which she begins working. As the piece comes together, she continues to modify it.
“When I have an idea it is very easy to overstate it. The challenge is to distill the idea to its essence and incorporate it into a piece of furniture that is beautiful and yet simple. When I am able to accomplish this, it is extremely rewarding,” she said.
Admission to the opening reception is free. For more information on Fuller Craft exhibitions and events, visit fullercraft.org.
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