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Rescheduled for the Fall 2021 Semester

Valery Sutherland, 03 Elements no.51, acrylic, canvas, 30 x30'', 2018.

Valery Sutherland, “Elements #51″ acrylic on canvas, 30″ x30”, 2018.

Valery Sutherland’s paintings and wall sculptures address the complexities of place and the passage of time.   Skewed and Birds eye perspectives of cities and landscapes are layered with expressive color applications and graphic indications of human occupation.  These works are interwoven records of use, time and transformation that also embody the compounding forces of pollution, deforestation and climate change.

Central to the acrylic painting “Elements #51,” is the architectural floorplan of a long-ruined abbey.  Heavy black lines retrace its structural footprint, yet this built history is subverted by colorful overlay indications of a river’s changing course, a modern roadway and agricultural plantings. Tumultuous skies roll about the compositional ceiling and threaten to fully conceal the topographical history mapped below.

Sutherland has exhibited her work throughout New England, New York and New Jersey for over 30 years.   She studied art in the United Kingdom at Tunbridge Wells Art School, in Kent, and St. Martin’s Art School, in London.  See more of her work at:

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