Exhibit: 'Shift' by Alicia Hunsicker
April 3—April 27, 2018, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
April 1—April 22, 2018, Sundays 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
Deeply connected to nature and interested in human consciousness, visual artist Alicia Hunsicker is inspired by both science and spirituality. Shift showcases her recent paintings, sculpture, and installation that explore the territory between the organic and the artificial. Hunsicker says “My paintings and new sculptural work straddle the pursuit of beauty, serenity, and spontaneity found in the organic world and the uncertainty and instability of the artificial.”
On view in the main gallery space are a forest of tree sculptures, a painting of a sparkling waterfall, alcohol-ink paintings on tiles, and paper flower sculptures in a variety of sizes.
Hunsicker’s ethereal, open ended paintings made their first appearance in a solo show at Hampden Gallery 10 years ago. In this new body of work, aptly titled Shift, the artist’s signature orbs and floral motifs have have shifted from two to three dimensional.
This body of work is comprised of 80% or more of recycled materials. Hunsicker repurposes these materials in unexpected ways -- all while keeping notions of a lush edenic garden somewhere in the mix.
Of the shift that has occurred in this new body of work, Hunsicker writes, “By keeping my studio practice in line with my spiritual practice I trust that the resulting work will express my view of the world.”
Hunsicker (UMass BFA '93) has shown her work both nationally and internationally. She has received numerous grants and awards, and has recently been a resident artist at the D. Fleiss & East West International Artists Residency, Mallnitz, Austria, as well as a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont.