October 3, 2016 – December 15, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 7:00–9:00pm
People and Places reflects artist and animator Amy Baxter MacDonald’s interest in motion, and her respect for the immediacy and honesty of the gesture or first impression. She uses a wide variety of materials, but traces of the piece’s beginnings usually remain regardless of whether her subjects are drawn or painted. Also evident is MacDonald’s love for the materiality of traditional media, which are generally not part of her digital animation work.
Most work is done from either direct observation or from sketches that were done on location. Apple Cottage, Graveyard, and Gold Creek are most recent, from this summer’s working vacation in Plymouth, VT. The chairs are from the artist’s former studios in Fort Point and Provincetown. Fighters were sketched at The Club in Fort Point, Eli in Robe was painted at the artist’s residence at 249 A Street, and Neighbors are from Boston Magazine’s photo of a Fort Point event. The artist does paint portraits, but the figurative work shown here celebrates gesture, line and surface more than the likeness of the sitter.