Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts

Book Arts Exhibition: Brenda J. McGovern

December 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018
Pope-Cheney Art Studio Located on the 1st Floor of the Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St., Portland
Free and Open to the Public

Pope-Cheney Art Studio Exhibition: Brenda J. McGovern

Artist Statement:

My approach to my artwork is to spend time playing and experimenting with different materials.  This has proven time and time again an invaluable process that leads to unexpected discoveries.  This process evokes within me suggested images, memories, and emotions, leading to a process that is then explored further and developed.

My surroundings invite close observation of textures, patterns, shapes, shadows, surfaces, sounds, scents, the marks of times, rhythms, repetition, the opening and closing sequences of seasons, decay and renewal and small details.  They all affect my creativity either consciously or subconsciously.  I love marks that are gestural, sensitive, and expressive, layers that partly conceal or reveal, and the fine quality of a line or a torn edge.  Although I sometimes love the look of perfection, I also love the beauty of something imperfect, unfinished, aged, or damaged.  It holds more expression and interest for me.

It is always my intention to express sensitivity and beauty through my creative process.

Brenda McGovern retired from USM's Philosophy Department in June 2015 and continues her studies towards a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art.

Contact Information

Rebecca Goodale
(207) 228-8014