Zopp’s jar-ing art

Jan 22, 2014
“Jar #27” is a 2013 watercolor and charcoal on Fabriano paper work by Dudley Zopp of Lincolnville, part of the work featured this winter at Belfast’s Perimeter Gallery.

Belfast — On Thursday, Jan. 30, Perimeter Gallery will open “Vessels, Jars and Garden Urns,” an exhibition of recent drawings and paintings by Lincolnville artist Dudley Zopp, with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception.

Zopp is perhaps best known for her meditative translations of the Maine landscape — in particular, its geological features. Several years ago, she traveled to a geologically significant site in Spain, expecting to make paintings about that area’s geology. Instead, she was drawn to the unusual vessels lying about the grounds. She returned home with sketches and photographic notes that more than a year later inspired the series of “portraits” going on view at Perimeter Gallery.

While Zopp’s work begins with close observation, she said it is not enough to make a picture of something seen.

“My art itself has to be the product of some natural process — the piling up of pigment, the dissolving effects the medium, the accretions of color indicative of organic growth and decay,” she said.

About this body of work, she described both a connection to the potter shaping the pots by hand, as well as the pots’ crumbling and returning to the earth. Quoting Samuel Beckett, she said “to restore silence is the role of objects” and that her paintings are meditations on “objects and places that quiet our hearts and allow us to connect to a universal spirituality.”

Zopp’s work is included in numerous university and museum collections including the Portland Museum of Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. She has received the Maine Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship and has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport and the Coleman Burke Gallery in New York. This fall, she will exhibit a new installation at the University of Maine in Orono, which she describes as an experience of walking into a painting about human and geological history.

“Vessels, Jars and Garden Urns” will run through March 16. Perimeter Gallery is located within Chase’s Daily, 96 Main St.  Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 338-0555.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

“Jar #28” is another 2013 watercolor and charcoal on Fabriano paper by Dudley Zopp.
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