MFA Alumna Erica Raby at the Fairmount Center for the Arts
MFA alumna (Painting and Drawing ’09), Erica Raby has a solo exhibition at the Fairmount Center for the Arts in Novelty, Ohio. Little Escapes features thirty of Raby’s 2D mixed media works from 2007 – 2017. The exhibition will be on view through November.
"I titled this show Little Escapes because that is how each small canvas felt to me while working on them. Discovery, experimenting, and play interest me with the forms and materials I use. These mixed-media works intuitively use a variety of materials – acrylic paint, watercolors, colored pencil, graphite, collaged papers, pen, and marker. And at times, I set works aside and may not know what to do or add for a year or so. The abstract environments are sometimes “too cute” or have a “sweet” color scheme. I hope each piece is an escape for the viewer as well,” said Raby.
Erica Raby is an artist and art educator. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University and attended University of Mount Union for undergraduate studies. Her studies and artist residencies have taken her to Italy, Savannah, Georgia and Washington, D.C. Her work consists of mixed-media drawings and paintings on paper, canvas, and panels. She also builds three-dimensional installations that enable these flat surfaces to come to life and surround the viewer. Over the years, her work has consistently been influenced by nature, microbiology, beauty, and systems.