PIECED: A COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITION BY MELISSA EVERETT AND NICK DEFORD
Dogwood Arts Gallery / 123 W. Jackson Ave. October 4, 2019 - October 30, 2019
Melissa Everett, Nick DeFord
Melissa Everett: Each dyed, painted or printed textile, a unique work of art in itself, is cut and deconstructed to then be reconciled into a larger quilted piece. The steps taken resonate and reveal how hope and beauty can emerge from brokenness.
Nick DeFord: The work in Pieced represents both an exploration of mapping, but also the metaphoric properties of gaming and escapism. By embellishing the already decorative surfaces of game boards, it both accentuates their paths and trails, but also destroys their utilitarianism. Additionally, by starting to use alchemical signs, symbols, images and monsters, the work alludes to the transformation from low art to high art, from ephemera to gold, and from the starting square to finished line.