Nichols School Art Gallery



artwork by TRICIA BUTSKI

January 28, 2019 - march 17, 2019

Nichols School Gallery at the Glenn and Awdry Flickinger Performing Arts Center

Reception for the Artist is on February 8 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Artist Statement

Through drawings rendered in charcoal and ink, my recent work examines issues related to memory by exploring its limitations and aestheticizing the instability inherent in portraiture. The work allows the viewer to enter the subconscious space between remembering and forgetting. The figures and faces, which have been distorted through a repetitive layering process, manipulate our sense of familiarity. The original image becomes fragmented through this process, a conceptual procedure that corresponds to the experience of forgetting the semblance of the face, the body, and the subject.

Through distortion and fragmentation, the figures take on a monstrous form. The familiarity of the face evokes comfort while simultaneously rousing a sense of distress. This creates an intermediary form that inhabits a space both real and imagined. The resulting image is neither entirely original nor fully invented, taking form as a realistic rendering of a fleeting moment. By challenging the boundaries between representation and abstraction, and questioning the relationship between fluctuation and constancy, the works become entangled and disordered, mirroring the viewer’s innate desire for clarity and their proclivity for drawing meaning out of partiality.

Tricia Butski is an artist and educator living and working in Buffalo, NY. Trained in drawing and oil painting, she holds a BFA from Fredonia State University (‘13) and an MFA from the University at Buffalo’s Department of Art (‘15). She is currently a Resident Artist at Buffalo Arts Studio and an Adjunct Instructor at Erie Community College City Campus and Fredonia State University, teaching foundation courses in drawing, painting, 2D design, and digital art. Butski has exhibited her work throughout Western New York. Her recent solo exhibitions include ‘Fathom’ at Revolution Gallery, ‘Fugue State’ at Genesee Community College, ‘New Work by Tricia Butski’ at The Cass Project, and ‘Semblance’ at Buffalo Arts Studio. Butski recently co-taught the Buffalo Public Schools Mural Arts Program (2017-18), leading the students in painting “The Art of Labor” murals on Clinton Street in Buffalo, NY (’17) and another mural project created in collaboration with local students for the Buffalo Hispanic Heritage Council, titled “From One Home to Another/ De Un Hogar A Otro,” in the Niagara Street Corridor (’18).

The show is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Colby Art Fund | For Gallery hours an details please call 716.332.6300